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Original Message:   Re: New to the forum but looking to collect beads can someone help me identfy these??
Hi all I was directed to this forum by an eBay member. I am the seller of these said beads and wanted to clarify a few things. These are Copal beads. They are part of a large collection a relative owned. They were tested with a hot pin and smell like pine leaves. (the smell reminds me of when I burned a Christmas tree in the new year in an incinerator garden waste bin. They have also been tested with acetone and rubbed between pieces of cloth and they become sticky when this is done. I also had someone look at them a few years ago an Asian arts dealer who collects amber. He confirmed they were copal. The beads have also been rubbed with simichrome and the polish remains pink which emphasises these are not a form of plastic or Bakelite. I hope this clarifies things for people. Thank-you
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