Caribbean Amber

When you read that the so-called “Caribbean amber” was “recently found on an unknown small Caribbean Island” you should give it as much factual credibility as the novel “Treasure Island” or the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”.  

But the facts are different. This “Caribbean Amber” is really enhanced Colombian copal. Copal is young amber and Amber is young copal. And Colombia has a Caribbean coast, so it really is Caribbean.

Due to it’s age, Colombian copal still has a lot of moisture and is too soft for direct production. Therefore, some companies have developed technologies of how to harden amber without the use of chemicals but just by placing them into an autoclave at a special period of time. After receiving this treatment, the Colombian copal is commercially called ‘Caribbean Amber’.

And here is the surprise: Most Baltic amber is also hardened in autoclaves and processed alike by using the same equipment and machinery just with a different timing,  So Caribbean amber and Baltic amber are identical from a jewelry processing point of view. Therefore, none of them can be considered fake, and these treatments are accepted in jewelry industry although the amber is not in it’s natural stage anymore. Its like tempering iron to produce steel.

The only amber that is not treated in any way is the amber from the Dominican Republic, where these sophisticated technics have not been introduced (yet).

Depending on the time and schedule Colombian copal is placed in the autoclave, the colors produced vary and therefore it is possible to produce golden, brown, green, red and even blue Caribbean amber. This amber is not sticky or too soft to be used en behaves like Baltic or Dominican amber.

We can offer you Caribbean amber in all its versions.

Green Caribbean Amber

In the copal hardening process, it is being “aged” in the autoclave for several hours. See: Wikipedia: Caribbean Amber. But this method is not strange at all, considering all the weird technics that are used to enhance, clarify and modify the famous Baltic amber which is sold to the gullible public as “natural” and “genuine”. 

“Caribbean Amber” is very useful for all kinds of applications and a great material for jewelry. And we can supply it. Of course, you as customer should be informed of what you are buying instead of getting all kinds of Caribbean pirate stories. Right?