Collection: Wood

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Wood has been used for carving and jewelry throughout history, with different woods being used depending on the location in the world and often the religion of the area.

Sandalwood has been used for over 4,000 years in India. It is considered sacred and is used to make figurines and scented oil for use in temples. When sandalwood was plentiful, it was used to construct temples or sculpt deities. However, due to over-farming and illegal trade, the Sandalwood of Southern India is now an endangered species. Much of the sandalwood, for essential oils etc. is now grown in Australia.

Ebony was greatly valued by the ancient Egyptians, who brought the wood into Egypt through trade. Ebony was highly prized, and used to make special furniture and jewelry for the pharaohs. Some species of Ebony (such as Gabon Ebony, that is native to Western Africa) are listed as endangered.

Because both Sandalwood and Ebony are among the most expensive woods in the world, if you find a piece of inexpensive jewelry that claims to be made from one of these woods – it probably isn’t!

But that doesn’t mean you can’t find beautiful pieces of wood jewelry. Wood has always been considered to give a rich and opulent feel to anything carved (including jewelry) – and there’s something very satisfying about holding a string of wooden beads.

So what’s used instead?

Several varieties of sustainable and cultivated wood are used, such as Bamboo and Palmwood, South Korean Boxwood, and Taiwanese Cheesewood. These may be dyed and sometimes varnished to resemble the more expensive woods – but they can look good just as they are. And although they do have their own, woody aroma, some may have an artificial scent – but this is because these woods do not have the longer-lasting aromas of wood such as true Sandalwood. This scent will eventually fade, but if you like the aroma you can refresh with essential oils!

Properties of wood

Every type of wood has an earthy energy and healing power. Wood brings us closer to the earth, and represents growth and renewal.

Note: Do not immerse wood jewelry in water.

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