Unfortunately, because of these wooden beads are so common they are taken for granted. The amount of printed materials on the subject of wood beads us few and far between and study of common wood beads is not considered a proper subject for serious bead researchers.
Types of woods used
Many species of tree provide materials for wood beads. These include olive, sandalwood, bamboo, bayong, ebony, ironwood, palms apple and rose. All these types of woods have been used for beads either because the grain of the wood is beautiful.
Olive trees have a natural red grain that wavy and the heartwood darkens and hardens with age to produce an elegant pattern.
Sandalwood beads are light both in color and weight and they have a distinctive soothing aroma.
Rosewood is the greatest for making beads, it is dark and heavy and its grain appears in subtle lines of black and dark brown. Rosewood beads are said to strengthen the aura and award away negative energy.
Wooden beads are cherished for a variety of reasons beside beauty and aroma. Some woods are prized because they are considered sacred like that of the Bodhi tree, where the Buddha found enlightenment.
As with all forms of beads there are few dedicated artists who revel in making their own wooden beads. These artists collect exotic woods from around the world and carve exquisite and unique types. Art of jewelry brings crafters an opening assortment of wood jewelry alongside a gallery of inspirational work from the best contemporary artists.
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