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Copal is a tree resin fossil which is younger than amber and is sometimes used as an amber simulant.

Kauri gum,
New Zealand (20,000 - 36,000 years in age)

Copal image gallery

Copal constants are similar to amber but is softened by ether.
Its surface is crazed and is very sectile (crumbles easily under the knife blade).



Copal occasionally contains insects.


Copal is mainly found in East Africa and South America.