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

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Approx. 60 beads |
2mm Hole |
25 inches Strand Length
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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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.

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

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
5.0
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
Based on 36 reviews
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36 reviews
  • LW
    Linda W.
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    I recommend this product
    Used For Designing Jewelry
    Type of Use Personal
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    10 months ago
    Olive wood beads

    Purchased before and really like them. Beautiful color and lightweight.

  • MM
    Marla M.
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    I recommend this product
    Used For Designing Jewelry
    Type of Use Personal
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    True Olive Wood

    Beautiful dark wood for my summer bracelet making. I have ordered many times, the lighter colors, oiled and finally the darker color. Already ordered more!!

  • JF
    Jan F.
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    I recommend this product
    Used For Designing Jewelry
    Type of Use Personal
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    Recent Order

    Exactly what I was looking for! Fast shipment!

  • EP
    Emma P.
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    I recommend this product
    Used For Designing Jewelry
    Type of Use Personal
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    Olive wood

    Cute small nice markings

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    Sarah B.
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    I recommend this product
    Used For Designing Jewelry
    Type of Use Business
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    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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