|Sample cards of manufactured / imitation / simulated / amber beads|
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When I refer to these I call them imitation amber or simulated amber, sometimes "manufactured amber-replica beads made of phenolic plastic." Jamey can give a much more accurate description.
The whole "copal" thing is confusing and often misleading, you're right, but it does seem to be a common term in some circles and as Jan says, there are those who swear the beads contain actual amber material somehow mixed or bound with a resin (not acknowledging that plastic is a resin too).