Colombian Copal can become vey translucent and brilliant or have a soft silky sheen in varying degrees of transparency. In nature, it is generally lightly coloured but there are cases of intensely coloured copal nuggets, from yellow to brown. Of course, it can be polished. It is not as hard as older amber, but there are many craftsmen that make beautiful jewelry from Colombian Copal. Please look at the enticing gems you will find on our pages.

We can offer such jewelry - beads, cabochons and such - for very reasonable prices. You will be surprised to see different colors, from pale to red. From very translucent to opaque.

We only wholesale. Our minimum purchase is US$1000. Strictly pre-paid. Why buy Copal instead of amber? There is a market for both, especially when the financial means do not match the taste or desire for beautiful jewelry. If the price is an important criteria, the customer might opt for copal As long as the buyer is aware of it and knows what he buys, it might not be a problem. New is also a combination of amber and copal. For obtaining excellent amber imitations which are difficult to identify are provided by pressing copal with amber and various additives: dyes and fragrances. The smell of copal is different from that of amber and would definitely be sensed by an amber jeweler while working on copal. The producer of such a jewelry might reason that most of the old, Baltic amber on the market is not sold the way as it was naturally formed. Most of it is heat-treated to clarify the amber or produce a different color and sometimes quite attractive fractures in the amber (sun spangles). At the end, it is the customer who is challenged to do some research before buying. How rare are inclusions in copal? Highly fossiliferous copal is more common than inclusions in old amber. But you might find spectacular types and concentrations of inclusions in copal. Colombian amber is relatively young, but it still has extremely important value. Studies of biodiversity, biogeography, and ecology, all benefit from the scientific description of these amber fossils. It definitely is a great material for educational projects. We can offer you copal that is loaded with fascinating inclusions for only a fraction of what an equal specimen in old amber would sell for. Please send us a message: Contact us We do not know whether copal was used as incense as it was the case with the Amerindian tribes of Mexico, but it seems to be a reasonable assumption. We are your contact for best quality Colombian copal.
Why buy Copal instead of amber? There is a market for both, especially when the financial means do not match the taste or desire for beautiful jewelry. If the price is an important criteria, the customer might opt for copal As long as the buyer is aware of it and knows what he buys, it might not be a problem. New is also a combination of amber and copal. For obtaining excellent amber imitations which are difficult to identify are provided by pressing copal with amber and various additives: dyes and fragrances. The smell of copal is different from that of amber and would definitely be sensed by an amber jeweler while working on copal. The producer of such a jewelry might reason that most of the old, Baltic amber on the market is not sold the way as it was naturally formed. Most of it is heat-treated to clarify the amber or produce a different color and sometimes quite attractive fractures in the amber (sun spangles). At the end, it is the customer who is challenged to do some research before buying. Colombian Copal can become vey translucent and brilliant or have a soft silky sheen in varying degrees of transparency. In nature, it is generally lightly coloured but there are cases of intensely coloured copal nuggets, from yellow to brown. How rare are inclusions in copal? Of course, it can be polished. It is not as hard as older amber, but there are many craftsmen that make beautiful jewelry from Colombian Copal. Please look at the enticing gems you will find on our pages.

We can offer such jewelry - beads, cabochons and such - for very reasonable prices. You will be surprised to see different colors, from pale to red. From very translucent to opaque.

We only wholesale. Our minimum purchase is US$1000. Strictly pre-paid. In 1911, F . Spiller developed a method of processing copal into an amber-like material. (German Patent 247734). Today, by means of thermal treatment in an autoclave copal can gradually be hardened. It becomes comparable to amber in terms of hardness and processing viability, while the gemstones made of it are deceptively similar to amber. Hardened copal can also be dyed and sparkles can be introduced. When copal products are treated, they can assume the colours of honey amber, geen, golden or cognac. There are companies that brought on the market what they call "Caribbean Amber". It probably is Colombian Copal treated in one way or another. Like in the case of enhanced Baltic amber, we think this is fine, as long as the customer is made aware of it. Most of the Colombian copal is found in the department of Santander. Santander is located in the central northern part of Colombia, east of the Magdalena River, in the north of the Eastern Mountain Range of the Colombian Andes. Its capital city is Bucaramanga. Santander was inhabited by Amerindian ethnic groups. Yes it is soft H1.5. Just using several grits of wet sandpaper, finest wet emery nail board and dry polishing cloth. I let the finished copal alone on the table until a few minutes without touching so the polished surface will hardened again. 'Baby oil' can be smear on its to prevent crazing and retain polished surface from frequent touching. I usually don't use any treatment on the surface because I want the natural feeling of the resin. We do not know whether copal was used as incense as it was the case with the Amerindian tribes of Mexico, but it seems to be a reasonable assumption. We are your contact for best quality Colombian copal.