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Colombian Copal Jewelry

How old is Colombian Copal? The age of Colombian (South America) copal still remains an open question. In fact in some papers you can find uncertain "Tertiary" age (see for example the table in Langenheim's review, American Scientist, 78:16-24, 1990), or in other papers also Pliocene-Pleistocene; accurate determinations made by means of 14C revealed that Colombian copal from the region of Santander is in the order of just 200 years old (Clifford et al., Org. Geochemistry, 27:449-464, 1997), practically recent resin. There are others who feel that certain Colombian copals are in the terms of many millions of years.

Most of the Colombian copal that is offered for sale is from the Andes Mountains in South America. It could be up to 16 million years old. Since I have not had it tested for time, I cannot conclusively say the age. If there is something in particular that you are looking for but cannot find it on this page, let us know, we probably have it!

It is so hard to find insects in jewelry (at least at a reasonable price) that this page will come as a surprise to you. We are the only place that offers anything like this - anywhere!

Item 1

Colombian Copal with Fossils

I love this one. It looks like a large tear drop piece of copal. There is a lot in it. Besides air bubbles (thousands and thousands of years old) there are 2 bees, Hymenoptera One is large are partly obscured by decomposition bubbles and the other is smaller and easily seen. Of course there are gnats and files(Diptera). The chain in the scanned image does not come with it.

 
Scanned Image!

SOLD

Item 2

Colombian Copal with Fossils

Attractive almost gothic style with a large and almost centrally located bee, Hymenoptera There is a small gnat on the bottom of this piece also. The bee is very easy to see!

 

Scanned Image!

$72

Item 3

Colombian Copal with Fossils

Very interesting piece of jewelry. There is a spider centrally located in this. From the front, the cricket is 'hazy' but from the back the spider
is clear
.


Scanned Image!

$85

Item 4

Colombian Copal with Fossils

Filled with ancient air bubbles and a large bee, Hymenoptera. There is a large beetle, Coleoptera off to one side and a few gnats.

 


Scanned Image!

$61

Item 5

Colombian Copal with Fossils

A large centrally located fly, Diptera and a bee, Hymenoptera off to the side. Nice piece with impressive animals.

 
Scanned Image!

$32

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