The Dominican Republic is known for it’s old amber in beautiful natural colors. Some can be as old as 40 million years (La Toca Mine. See latest studies: New York Times, October 29, 2006 ).
But what we call Dominican Copal is a still younger resin, also is found in the Dominican Republic. Besides the age difference, the basic fact is that Dominican copal is slightly softer than what is commonly known as “real amber” since it has not gone through the same timely extended stage of polymerization. But it has its fascination because Dominican Copal can be very translucent and brilliant or have a soft silky sheen in varying degrees of transparency. It is generally lightly colored but there are also cases of intensely colored copal nuggets, from yellow to brown.
Besides of its uses for jewelry and other purposes, Dominican Copal, is extremely important to study biodiversity, bio geography, ecology and other related subjects based on its inclusions.
We offer the raw copal in different sizes as well as Dominican Copal with interesting inclusions. Below are some examples.
Let us know your needs or any questions you have.