The wooden beads are becoming popular because they are lightweight. Even the largest beads can be lighter compared to the gemstones bead of same size. The wood bead is the easy way that you can add visual weight to any jewelry piece you want but without adding extra weight on it. The beads are found in different colors and they look like many types of metals. They are paired with natural materials, bones, shell, and semiprecious stones in order to enhance their organic appeal. Many wooden beads can have larger holes and they make them to be perfect for crocheting, macramé or wrap bracelet projects.
The wooden beads are made in different types of wood and the following are the most common ones. Bayong is a hardwood. It is durable and it is suitable for the jewelry. It has a natural color that it is warm and red brown with the lovely wood grain which can be seen easily. When the beads are rolled into the light, they pick a soft sheen. Ebony is the descriptive term that it is used for many types of hardwood that are black, dark and dense. Ebony has a tight and fine wood grain and it takes a nice polish. There are some ebony beads which have a mix of the black or brown shades which form the banded pattern which is known as Tiger ebony.
Graywood has a smoky, gray and subtle sheen. A term of graywood can be used for a particular species of the wood and it is applied on different variety of gray and woods. The graywood bead is very smooth and it is lightweight.
Magkuno is also called ironwood. It is a hardwood and it has the reputation of being the hardest wood. It is becoming a favorite of many because it has a chocolate and rich brown color. This type of wooden beads is super smooth and hard with a good wood grain. They have a nice polish color and they make them to look as fine furniture.
Nangka is a wood from a jackfruit tree. It is used for house building and construction of the furniture. It is also used in making musical instruments. It had a warm and yellow brown and golden brown color. It is smooth and hard, and it has a loose wood grain which may be seen within the beads.
Palmwood and patikan are also among the wooden beads which are cut among the coconut and palm trees. The wood has natural grain and it is beautiful. They have parallel black grain with some markings which can make the beads to look like they are decorated by the use of paintbrush. The older the tree that darker its beads will be.
Robles wood is a tropical hardwood and it is a tree that grows too tall. It is one of the trees that make the rainforest canopy. It is strong and it has the properties that are similar to the woods. Other types of wooden beads are rosewood and sibucao among others.