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- Copal is a term for dried tree resin.
- Although similar in origin, copals are not ambers.
- The true difference between the two are their age. Ambers are millions of years old meanwhile, copal usually ranges from fifty to ten thousand years old.
- Copals aren’t old enough to be polymerized sufficiently.
- Copal can be easily distinguished from genuine amber by its lighter citrine colour and its surface getting tacky with a drop of acetone or chloroform.
- Because of their similar appearances, copal is often sold as amber.
- They can be obtained from various tropical legume and araucarian trees.
- Like amber, copal comes in yellows, browns, yellow-oranges, and, rarely, reds. They can be colorless too.
- Copal can contain inclusions of extant plants and animals.
- The term "copal" was derived from "copalli," a Spanish word for "incense".
- This is because copal is used as incense as well as varnish.
- Metaphysically, Copal is said to take the energies of the sun to cleanse negative energies of all kinds. It increases self confidence, mental clarity, and creative self expression.