Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/Unknown mineral


Found this necklace at a thrift store, I am wondering what the main center stone may be.  From the picture it is obviously tumbled and has a resinous to greasy luster.  The darker colored areas are in the stone and are rough to the touch.  I went to a gem shop and was told it was aqualite which it obviously isn't. Another dealer told me it was synthetic and popular as jewelry in the past, so I am certain it is real or synthetic and not plastic or resin. I also took a nail heated under a match as a test and the material did not melt.

It is always difficult to do this from a picture, but let me give you some ideas. Your stone has the resemblance of milky / cloudy amber, especially given the darker colored impurities. Maybe fake or real, but here are three most likely possibilities for your stone: Amber, Copal or Plastic.
Amber: Fossilized tree resin from prehistoric times dating as far back as 320 million years.
Copal: Hardened modern tree sap from the copal tree (Protium copal)

There are some tests you can do to check for real vs. fake amber, if this is indeed your stone. A very good selection of those tests can be found here:
Give some of these tests a try. They may help you identify your stone.

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I can answer questions concerning minerals, mineralogy, gems, metals, and anything that has to do with geology. However, I am NOT a jeweler. Questions about values, settings, gem stone cuts and appraisals are best directed to other experts on this site. I can however aide in the identification of unknown mineral materials. As a public service and part as training for new geoscientists, our university department provides FREE mineral identification for individuals. Please contact me for details or go to for details..


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