Copal and Turquoise Necklaces
You're not going to find this very unique opportunity to own a Copal and Turquoise Necklace anywhere! Artisan Bessie Smith has made 2 versions using Copal (Young Amber) and genuine turquoise.
The first necklace is 24" in length and strung with 17 medium pieces of Copal. The strikingly dark green, genuine turquoise strung in between the Copal pieces compliment each other to make a beautiful necklace. Tumbled Copal chips are then combined with the turquoise to finish off the necklace.
The 26" has 28 medium/large pieces of Copal. The lighter green genuine turquoise gives it a totally different look than the other necklace!
Optional earrings also available
Take advantage of these specially priced, ONE-OF-A-KIND necklaces!
Copal opens and cleanses all of the chakras. Highly protective, Copal also aids in the manifestation of ideas to reality. The life force trapped within Copal promotes fertility, and its protective and environmental clearing properties make it a good stone to use to prepare a healing or birthing room.
Use Copal with the Solar Plexus Chakra to increase confidence, mental clarity, and creative self expression.
In very simple terms, in order to qualify a piece of resin as true Amber, a couple of things need to have happened. First, the molecules must have formed a polymer (a compound where two or more molecules have joined together) and secondly, the specimen must be at least 100,000 years old. Copal or Copalite is the term given to organic resins that are not old enough (i.e. younger than 100,000 years) to have fossilized and hardened sufficiently to become Amber.
In Africa, Copal is found in the coastal countries of East and West Africa, but especially on Madagascar. This so-called Madagascar Amber is solidified resin of the Amber Pine but is only 1,000 - 10,000 years old. Most Amber from Columbia is less than 250 years old and in fact is not Amber at all, but the softer, younger version called Copal.
In summary, here are a few facts about Amber and Copal:
• Amber is defined by geologists as fossilized tree resin (not tree sap). Sap is the fluid that circulates through a plant's vascular system. Sap to a tree, is like blood flowing through the veins of you or me. Resin, on the other hand, is a semi-solid amorphous (no crystal structure) organic substance that is secreted in pockets and canals through epithelial cells of the plant. It's the really sticky stuff that after time will fossilize and harden.
• Hardened tree resin that is less than 100,000 years old is called Copal.
• Copal becomes Amber when it has finished fossilizing.
• Copal can "craze" or crack on the surface as the volatile oils (or turpenes) evaporate.
• Copal will dissolve in acetone, but Amber will not.
• Copal from Madagascar and Columbia are 250 to 10,000 years old
• Amber from the Baltics and the Dominican Republic are 25 to 40 million years old.