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Contents:  African Copal bead necklaces

 

HUGE, BIG, BOLD, CHUNKY
COPAL BEAD NECKLACES FROM MOROCCO


African Tribal berber copal resin (young amber) bead necklaces



Copal is a name given to tree resin, particularly the aromatic resins from the copal tree.  The term copal describes resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between "gummier" resins and amber.  Copal resin from Hymenaea verrucosa (Fabaceae) is found in East Africa and is used in incense. By the 18th century, Europeans found it to be a valuable ingredient in making a good wood varnish. It became widely used in the manufacture of furniture and carriages. It was also sometimes used as a picture varnish.  By the late 19th and early 20th century varnish manufacturers in England and America were using it on train carriages, greatly swelling its demand. In 1859 Americans consumed 68 percent of the East African trade, which was controlled through the Sultan of Zanzibar, with Germany receiving 24 percent. The American Civil War and the creation of the Suez Canal led to Germany, India and Hong Kong taking the majority by the end of that century.
 
Copal can be easily distinguished from genuine amber by its lighter citrine color and its surface getting tacky with a drop of acetone or chloroform.
 
East Africa apparently had a higher amount of subfossil copal, which is found one or two meters below living copal trees, from roots of trees that may have lived thousands of years earlier. This subfossil copal produces a harder varnish.
 
This is an extraordinary strand of African young amber called COPAL from the Atlas Mountain region. These necklaces have strong social significance and aesthetic appeal within the Moroccan berber tribes.
 
Amber including young amber (copal) is believed to have metaphysical properties, protecting the wearer from harm and bringing enlightenment.






#V-600

Rust and butterscotch copal beads, 41 total beads
3 Flat round butterscotch beads 40 x 23 mm
2 barrel rust beads 37x31 mm
2 barrel rust beads 27x25 mm
4 barrel butterscotch beads 27x25 mm
6 square butterscotch beads 17x20 mm
6 flat round butterscotch beads 19x14 mm
18 flat round rust beads 19x14 mm
Four brass end beads, Gold safety clasp closure
Weight: 13.7 ounces
30” long

$495




 
#V-601

Orange, rust and butterscotch copal beads, total 47 beads
1 Barrel rust bead, 32x32 mm
2 flat round butterscotch beads 40x23 mm
2 flat orange beads 40x23 mm
6 flat round orange beads, 31x19 mm
4 barrel butterscotch beads, 26x25 mm
2 barrel rust beads, 26x25 mm
2 square butterscotch beads 20x19 mm
16 orange flat round beads 16x12 mm
12 butterscotch flat round beads 19x13 mm
Four brass beads at end; gold alloy safety closure
Weight: 15.4 ounces
34” long

$675




 
#V-602

Orange and butterscotch copal beads, orange carnelian beads.
5 large orange flat round copal beads, 32x19 mm
10 flat round butterscotch copal beads, 19x14 mm
18 flat round orange copal beads, 16x12 mm
Orange carnelian spacer beads, 10 and 6 mm sizes
Gold safety clasp closure
Weight: 6.5 ounces
28” long

$295




 
#V-603

Barrel butterscotch copal beads, blue New Zealand coral round beads
Single large barrel/square butterscotch copal bead 27x25 mm
12 butterscotch barrel/square copal beads 20x19 mm
Round New Zealand coral beads 20, 14 and 6 mm sizes
Gold safety clasp closure
Weight: 6.4 ounces
29” long

$235




 
#V-604

Huge red barrel/square and flat oval copal beads
Red copal beads: 3 are 37x31 mm, 4 are 32x32 mm, 8 are 27x25 mm
10 Flat round red copal beads 19x14 mm; gold brass spacer beads
Gold safety clasp closure
Weight: 14.6 ounces
30” long

$485




 
#V-605

Orange and butterscotch copal beads
Bottom barrel bead 27x25 mm
Two Flat round butterscotch, 2 rust orange 39x23 mm
Gold brass spacer beads
24” long, black coated cotton cording, knotted on the end (fits over most heads)
Weight: 5.1 ounces

$130




 
#V-606

Three huge flat round orange rust copal beads, 40x23 mm
Gold brass round spacer beads
22” long, black coated cotton cording, knotted on the end (fits over most heads)
Weight: 3.5 ounces

$115




 
#V-607

Flat round copal beads: 3 orange-rust, 2 butterscotch, 40x23 mm
Gold brass round spacer beads
26” long, black coated cotton cording, knotted on the end (fits over most heads)
Weight: 5.5 ounces

$130




 
#V-608

Butterscotch copal beads
One flat round bead 40x23 mm, two barrel/square beads 27x25 mm
Knotted between each bead
22” long, black coated cotton cording, knotted on the end (fits over most heads)
Weight: 2.2 ounces

$115

 

LINKS TO OTHER NECKLACES

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Dichroic Glass Bead Necklaces (bottom of page)

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Seven species of white shark tooth jewelry necklaces (also pages 2, 3, 4)

Vintage Jewelry

Maori Fish Hook Necklaces

 

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