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July 11, 2018 2 min read

 

Exploring the Origins and Uses of Agarwood Chips and Beads

Have you ever come across agarwood chips and wondered about their origin and composition? Agarwood, a precious and aromatic wood, is intriguing not just for its fragrance but also for its diverse applications, ranging from traditional incense to modern luxury items.


Are Agarwood Chips and Beads Made from the Same Material?

This is a common question, and the answer lies in the characteristics of the agarwood log itself. Factors such as density, size, and the pattern of fungal infection determine whether a piece of wood is better suited for chips or beads.

For softer, smaller logs with irregular shapes but high levels of infection, artisans typically carve out the less infected 'white wood' to form chips. These chips are then dried in open spaces to reduce moisture content, which is the primary cause of mould. This mould can introduce unwanted odours into the chips. Once dried and 'sanitised', these chips are ready for use in oil distillation or as incense.



However, the process for creating beads is quite different. Beads require a harder, more resilient type of agarwood. If you encounter agarwood that is exceptionally hard, shiny, and resinous, it indicates a high-quality material suitable for bead-making. This type of agarwood can withstand significant force from chisels and other cutting tools, much like petrified wood. In Vietnamese, this is referred to as "Tóc Đá", which translates to 'Rock Agarwood'.

Challenges in Sourcing High-Quality Agarwood

It is becoming increasingly difficult to source this type of high-quality agarwood due to the dwindling numbers of wild Aquilaria trees, the primary source of agarwood. Conservation and sustainable harvesting practices are crucial to ensuring the availability of this precious resource for future generations.

Our Latest Agarwood Bracelets material



The material used for our most recent batch of agarwood bracelets is of high quality, though it has not yet reached the 'Rock Agarwood' stage. These pieces showcase the beauty and versatility of agarwood, making them a cherished possession for anyone who appreciates natural beauty and artisan craftsmanship.

In conclusion, whether it is chips or beads, each piece of agarwood tells a story of its origin, its journey through processing, and its final transformation into a piece of art or utility. Understanding these details not only enhances the appreciation of agarwood products but also highlights the importance of responsible sourcing and preservation of this unique wood. 

 

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