.

Original Message:   "African Amber", Imitation Amber, Phenolic Resin
Hello Folks,

We have had many discussions about beads that are commonly sold as "Amber" or "African Amber" or "Copal Amber" but in reality are made from an early plastic material called Phenolic Resin.

These beads were made in Europe (Germany) in the 1920s to the 1940s (some are still being made today) and traded throughout Africa and other areas as Amber.

I have had most of these beads since 1973-1974 and they were bought as "Amber". Several years ago when I originally posted these on the old bead forum, NBS, Jamey Allen was kind enough to enlighten me as to what these really were.

However, these old imitation amber beads are highly collectable and sought after, especially the huge honkers I am showing here. The largest bead is 55mm (2+ inches) in diameter. I have had some of these twice this size in the past.

Copyright 2021
All rights reserved by Bead Collector Network and its users

BackPost Reply

 Name

  Register
 Password
 E-Mail  
 Subject  
  Private Reply   Make all replies private  


 Message

HTML tags allowed in message body.   Browser view     Display HTML as text.
 Link URL
 Link Title
 Image URL
 Attachment file (<256 kb)
 Attachment file (<256 kb)