Wood Inlay Descriptions A to N
Hawaii Titanium Rings® for men or women with exotic wooden inlays; what a great way to present wood for your fifth year anniversary.
Please know that every part of every tree is different. The wood will differ from one side of the tree to the other; that is the beauty of nature. Please understand that your ring may be slightly different than the online photo, but it will be unique and like no other in the world.
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Here is a list of the woods mentioned below:
- African Blackwood
- Black Ebony
- Black and White Ebony
- Blue Mahoe
- Brazilian Rosewood
- Chalkte Kok
- Lignum Vitae
- Mac Nut
- Monkey Pod
- Mun Ebony
African Blackwood has been a prized wood since Egyptian times for its luster and subtle but striking grain impressions. It is deep dark brown with indigo-purple tint and fine black streaks throughout. Due to over harvesting and illegal smuggling, the African Blackwood tree is extremely threatened as it takes up to 60 years to reach full height. The Blackwood forest in Mozambique is now on an organized harvesting and maintenance schedule.
Amboyna Wood, named after the Island of Amboyna, Borneo, is the most sought after burl wood for obvious reasons. The curling, swirling grain colors range from yellow-gold to deep red, brown, and black. It is one of the rarest and most expensive woods on the market, but we do not charge extra for it. Most of the burl part of this wood grows underground and is the result of damage to the tree caused by virus, injury, or fungus. The bark covers the entire tree including the trunk underground which may contribute to the infestation that causes such burl grain. This wood looks great with most gemstones.
Black Ebony is most famous for its jet-black color and for its use as piano keys, but the history and use of this wood is extensive. It is used for many musical instruments and has been a coveted wood for thousands of years. Carved pieces were found in ancient Egyptian tombs and historically the wood was reserved for only master woodworkers and artisans. If you are looking for a solid black wood this is your best choice!
Black and White Ebony Wood is a creamy-white and golden wood with striking black swirling veins; one of the most exotic, expensive, and hard-to-find woods available on the market. Black and White Ebony Wood is the wood of the Gaub tree, a slow-growing tree from such places as Malabar, India, Burma, and Laos. Even in small increments this wood is stunning and vibrant. The bark of the tree is black and then the wood is white until you get down to the middle heartwood where it turns solid black again. Another rare and expensive wood in today's market.
Bloodwood trees have a deep dark red wood, they are native to the Teak family and grow mainly in South Africa. The Bloodwood tree derives its name from its juice-like red sap that oozes like blood when cut. The sap is used to make cosmetics and dyes. The medicinal properties are plentiful and it is used to treat a vast degree of health problems such as malaria and ringworm. If you are looking for a consistent red wood with little variegation, Bloodwood is a great choice.
The Blue Mahoe is native to the islands of Cuba and Jamaica. It is quite attractive even without its big beautiful blooms and is the national tree of Jamaica. The inner bark is called Cuba Bark as it was used to tie bundles of Havana Cigars. The name refers to the blue streaks that appear after polishing. Besides blues ranging from light to royal, Blue Mahoe is riddled with other colors such as violet and green. Although it is called Blue Mahoe, it is what we use as the green wood in our Rasta Wood Ring.
Brazilian Rosewood is a highly coveted hardwood, mostly for its acoustic qualities, it considered the best tone wood in the world. Rosewoods are named such because their fragrance resembles roses when cut. It has a rich color tone, blending brick-red, brown, orange and black into a velvety even texture. Brazilian Rosewood is extremely rare on the open market and is illegal to ship outside of the USA, unless it is in one of our rings.
Camatillo also called Mexican Kingwood from Central America is harvested by hand and mule in an environmentally friendly setting. Camatillo is richly streaked with purple and violet figured grains with intense patterns. It is a very rare smaller species related to Rosewood that holds its vivid coloring better than any other.
****CHALKTE KOK HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED UNTIL THE FORESTS ARE BACK ON A REGULATED HARVESTING SCHEDULE
Our Chalkte Kok Wood is a very lightweight exotic hardwood with an orange-yellow base color and light-brown fine straight grains. The heartwood of Chalkte Kok tree is a vibrant reddish-brown but oxidizes quickly, so we use the blonde sapwood for our rings.The word Chalkte means red in the Mayan language and the tree grows mainly in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and in tropical America.
Cocobolo has a reddish-brown wood with a multitude of color undertones and sharp black streaks all throughout. It grows in the rain forest and very small amounts of Cocobolo reach the open market each year due to its earlier exploitation. Now the tree is rarely seen anywhere but national parks or reserves. Cocobolo is a very heavy wood and weighs twice as much as Walnut.
Cocobolo is a popular instrument wood especially for bass players and guitarists such as Stanley Clark and Jerry Garcia.
Eucalyptus Wood is a creamy blonde texture and color with very fine slender grain. Among its many uses, it is Valued for its low coarseness; an important feature when making high-quality fine papers. Eucalyptus Wood is also used to make tissue paper because of its short, slender fibers and soft texture. It is one of our lightest colored woods and looks beautiful with any gemstone.
Hemlock Wood is from the Oregon Coast and is our lightest wood. Hemlock is considered the "Ferarri" of evergreens for its unique beauty. The wood features grains that make the wood look pieced together in paneled sections. Three-dimensional wood with a blonde base-wood and tan straight grains that appear to overlap the lighter pieces. We got this beautiful wood from a friend in Sisters, Oregon to make rings for a gallery that carries our rings located on North Hemlock in Cannon Beach. Read more in our blog found here:
Ipe wood from the Brazilian Trumpet Tree is the official symbol for Brazil and is also the National Tree of El Salvador. The bark is used for medicinal purposes in herbal tea and pill form to help soothe the flu and common cold. Used as a decorative tree in tropical landscapes in America, and is also imported to make decking such as the 10-mile long boardwalk at Coney Island as well as many recreational areas in New York. Ipe is one of the densest woods on the market and extremely hard to mill.
Jarrah is the Aboriginal name for the most common Eucalyptus in Southwest Australia. A valuable tree for its water storing and regenerating characteristics; the Jarrah tree has a large underground storage system for not only water but carbohydrates. It is these unusual reservoirs that enable the tree to survive droughts and to regenerate after a fire. Beautiful ring for an Australian wedding.
Kiawe is the Hawaiian name for what is known as Mesquite. It is the choice wood for smoking meat in the Hawaiian Islands and commonly used to roast Kalua pig for important occasions or Luaus. An "Imu" or underground oven or fire pit is filled with burning Mesquite and lava rocks covered with Ti leaves, and the pig is cooked for an entire day. Although the tree's existence is threatened in its native South American habitat, in Hawaii it grows abundantly to the degree of invasiveness.
Kingwood is a tropical tree from Brazil. It is riddled with dark stripes and occasional curls. The base color is golden brown with a purplish tone and the sapwood is light yellow. The name Kingwood derives from its reputation of being the favorite furniture-wood of French Kings, centuries ago.
Koa Wood comes from the Koa Tree and is one of the only endemic trees in Hawaii; it is also the largest and fastest growing. They can touch the sky at 100 feet and can grow at a rate of an inch a year in diameter. Medicinally, the bark and leaves were used for a variety of purposes, including birth control. The Koa Tree is a protected tree and cannot be cut. We obtain our wood from fallen branches and trees all around the Island of Hawaii. Hawaii Titanium Rings® offers five different types of Koa Wood to choose from; Light, Dark, Curly, Fire, and Tiger Koa.
Light Koa is a blondish color with straight grains of brown. The color shades of Koa Wood are a result of the type of soil in which the tree grew.
Dark Koa is a deep dark brown with hints of dark auburn and striped black grain texture.
Curly Koa is usually dark brown with black swirly grains patterns.
Fire Koa has a light brown base and deep brown flame-like grain stripes and spots.
Tiger Wood refers to its wide variety of grain texture and pattern designs. Decorated in fine lines and horizontal brush strokes in shades of reddish brown and orange tan, Tiger Wood is rare and of limited supply.
Koa is becoming a popular wood for Hawaiian wedding bands.
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Lignum Vitae, means the “wood of life” in Latin and derives its name from its medicinal qualities. The resin from this tree has been used to treat various ailments from arthritis to a simple cough. The wood chips can be brewed as well to make a tea. The colors in Lignum Vitae are as plentiful as the wood many uses, displaying a bright pale yellow and olive green base with forest green, and dark brown and black paintbrush stroke patterns. It is the Jamaican national flower, is also grown all around the world not only for its ornamental quality but for its strength and density. A hammer and nail will not penetrate the trunk of this tree, it must be drilled first. Lignum Vitae is used as a tool in the process of gem cutting; the wood is powdered with industrial diamond to grind and smooth gems surfaces. Due to the woods density and natural oils, Lignum Vitae has a wide variety of uses from cricket balls to the “Billy Club” used by the British Police. It was even used to make ships and clocks for its natural lubricating ability.
Macadamia Nut is a Hawaiian grown hardwood with inter-twining ribbon-like grain patterns. It is one of the four trees indigenous to Australia. In 1910, the Hawaiian Agricultural Experiment Station suggested Kona start planting the tree to supplement its coffee crop. Today most of the world's Mac Nuts are grown on the Big Island of Hawaii. Talk about a hard nut to crack, Mac Nuts have the hardest of any nutshell; it takes approximately 300 pounds to get to the tasty nut. Mac Nut Wood is one of Hawaii Titanium Ring's most exotic looking Hawaiian Woods.
Mahogany is a fragrant, tropical hardwood with alternating and interlocking grain colors varying from golden-tan to reddish-brown. Growing in the rainforest over 150 feet tall with trunks 6 foot in diameter, the Mahogany tree grows mainly in America and Europe and is Latin America’s most valuable lumber. Tradition says it was introduced to Europe by Sir Walter Raleigh who gifted Queen Elizabeth the first a Mahogany Table.
Mango Wood is a light tan and densely spotted with brown splotches and thick streaks which is a natural occurrence caused by a fungus in the tree but this does affect the structure or strength of the wood. The Mango Tree is one of the most valuable and sustainable trees in the world because of its rapid growth, enormous fruit production, frequent crop rotation, and high Lumber Market price. Besides its sustainability, every part of the tree, from the bark to the roots can be used medicinally. Even the smoke from the Mango Tree's leaves can help relieve many breathing ailments from hiccups to asthma. Be warned though, the sap from the tree and fruit can cause serious skin irritation, what locals call, "Mango Rash"; it can be spread over the skin by touch and can last for weeks.
Our select grade of Maple Wood is a light golden color covered with faint but numerous light-brown uniform streaks. Maple Wood is mostly valued for its musical qualities; most bow played instruments have necks, backs, and sides made from Maple. Many acoustic and electric guitars have Maple Wood necks including Fender, Stratocaster, and Telecaster. Known for its bright sound, Maple Wood is often used for woodwind instruments and drums.
Marble Wood with a multitude of colors and contrasting textures in yellow, golden brown, dark brown, purple, and black. Mostly growing in Eastern Australia, this exotic hardwood is rich in marble-like grain figure from which it has acquired its name. It is related to the Ebony Tree and is a very hard wood. The grain patterns will be different in every ring.
Milo is a prized Hawaiian Wood, with a rich dark chocolate color. It has a satin texture with a subtle smooth figure. Possibly indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands but was brought to Hawaii by Captain Cook from Tahiti in 1769. It was said to be a sacred tree in Tahiti, planted only around places of worship. It was also considered sacred by Hawaiians and surrounded the palace of King Kamehameha I. The word Milo means to twist or curl and the wood often has beautiful knots. In ancient Hawaiian times, the wood was commonly used to make bowls as the wood did not give off a bad taste to food. In the West Indies where cotton is a major crop, Milo has been eradicated because it is the host to a bug that prevents cotton from growing.
Monkey Pod Wood is Hawaiian Grown and has a creamy beige base wood with fiery brown grain streaks and black scattered spots. The Monkey Pod tree is native to South and Central America and is also known as the Rain Tree. The name Monkey Pod may have derived from the Greek scientific name for this tree which means "Monkey Earring", also the monkeys are known to hang out in the tree and eat the sweet pods. The term Rain Tree may come from the fact that the leaves close up at night letting the rainfall through which keeps the grass underneath growing even in drought.
Mun or Moon Ebony is a very rare, understated wood collected from the forests floors of Laos where it is said to have laid for thousands of years. The coloring is unique with hues of variegated greens, intersecting patterns of black stripes, and a caramel base. Perfect wood for a couple with ancient souls or for a wedding in the moonlight.