Colombian copal is a much younger fossil resin than Baltic amber. While Baltic amber counts 40 million years, copal is only 1.6 million years old. More generally, the term copal describes resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between "gummier" resins and amber.
“Copal resin comes from trees in the Buresa family, which is considered a medicinal tree to the Mayas in southern Mexico. These medicinal trees are traditionally used for clearing the body of diseases and also to keep mosquitos away.
Since ancient times, Copal incense has been considered sacred to the people of Mexico, as well as South and Central America. It goes as far back to the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Mass amounts of copal resin were burned atop the Aztec and Mayan pyramids as offerings to the gods and deities. In the Mayan ruins, copal was discovered in the burial grounds, proving its spiritual significance.
Copal incense is a wonderful energy tool to use during your meditations. It is linked with the crown chakra, deepening your awareness and encouraging pure thoughts during meditation. Copal also helps to strengthen the auric body, removing all energy blockages. It is particularly useful in times of stress or even for alleviating feelings of depression, because it helps you to shift your mindset.
Copal incense is completely natural incense that is used to purify the energy of spaces, places and objects. It has a clean, light, woody scent that could be compared to pine or turpentine. One of the best copal uses is burning it to clear away all the negative energy and make positive changes. It brings a very positive and loving energy that will fill your home with peaceful energies.” (source)
No one can deny that this stone is also magnetic, it has it‘s own positive energy and the spirit of nature. In his book “Call of the Sacred Drum Volume 3: Crystal Spirit Medicine”, the author David Robert Cobb says that same as Baltic amber, Colombian copal opens and cleanses all of the chakras. Highly protective, it also aids in the manifestation of ideas to reality. The life force trapped within these gemstones promotes fertility, and its protective and environmental clearing properties make it a good stone to use to prepare a healing or birthing room.
Due to its softer nature, in order to be more suitable for the jewelry, Colombian copal must be repeatedly cured in an autoclave. Dishonest salesmen call Colombian copal simply amber, but even though this gemstone is known as the younger brother of Baltic amber, it is not it.
Copal has it‘s own unique color range, a little bit different from amber, which makes it an unique gemstone, valued for its own characteristics and exquisite colors. Discover our copal jewelry in the section copal and discover it in a new, fresh way!