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Vintage-Style Round Olive Wood Beads from Bethlehem (10mm)

Rated 5.0 out of 5
Based on 36 reviews
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Olive trees are well known as a source of fruit and oil, but what many people aren't aware is that the wood itself is among the hardiest of all fruit trees. Its fine, closed pore finish and resistance to fungi, disease and fire makes it a versatile wood for kitchen utensils, such as the mortar and pestle, yet also for jewelry craft - namely Olive Wood Beads (also known as "Bethlehem Rosary Beads"). The beautiful contrasting blond and brown of the curled grain, coupled with its durability makes olive wood particularly ideal for Rosary Beads, many of which are produced by co-operatives in the ancient city of Bethlehem - presently located within the Palestinian Autonomy in Israel. Skilled artisans have been producing Olive Wood Beads from the ancient fruit-bearing trees in Bethlehem for over 2,000 years. Most are made by Orthodox families who have developed their knowledge of the ancient wood turning techniques from previous generations. Olive Wood Beads are produced in a wide range of different sizes, however they are almost always oval or spherical in shape owing to their use in traditional Rosaries. Cherry wood beads are often used as 'prayer markers', dividing sections of the beads in accordance with the number of prayers and decades included. Whilst the production of Olive Wood Rosaries is still a thriving industry in Bethlehem, many of the strands exported are very old. Crafters often incorporate antique beads from other broken strands that can sometimes be over a Century old! This authentic strand of Bethlehem olive wood beads is not quite old but beautiful nonetheless! This strand has been finished with a darker stain to give it a vintage feel.

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Specifications

Strand Length 25 inches
Bead Size 10 x 10mm
Hole Size 2mm
Number of Beads 60 (approximation)
Found In Middle East
Material Wood
Color Brown
Shape Round
UPC 739325866687
SKU WOD-RND-BRN-951
average rating 5.0 out of 5
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Reviewed by Marla M., from United States
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Rated 5 out of 5

Go to wood bead

Love this olive wood for bracelets. Goes with EVERYTHING you throw in from gems, glass, metals and shell. Ialway come back for MORE.

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Reviewed by Tahlia F., from United States
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Rated 5 out of 5

Loved the beads

These beads were lovely to work with an everything I hoped they would be for the rosary I was making. I will definitely purchase again in the future!

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Reviewed by Sarah B.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Used For
Designing Jewelry
Type of Use
Business

I really love these beads.

I am happy I found these. I have been looking for olive wood beads that come from the Bethlehem area. They are made of wonderful quality. I would like to recommend some olive wood crosses to be used in jewelry.

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Reviewed by Farida M., from Canada
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5 Stars

Beautiful beads, smooth texture....great communication with company and super fast shipping. I just wish the beads had less of the darker grainy pattern but I guess that depends on the nature of the tree..I won’t get the look I was aiming for in my finished product, but still look forward to using them. Will give it another chance with another order. Thank you Beadchest!

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Reviewed by Katy W.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Home Decor
Type of Use
Personal

-love these!

The color is exactly as shown. My only regret is not ordering more!

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