January 12, 2017

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It was a very hot day and we woke up at 5 am in the morning. After some refreshing agarwood tea, we decided to check our email. :)

The purpose of this blog is to help you understand more about genuine sinking agarwood beads. 

We have been asked about the quality of agarwood beads. It is quite common that "black, dark" beads with "cheaper" price is the preference. Before going through the price, let us exam some beads and have some fun.

Recently, there are 2 new quality agarwood  bracelets and 108 malas  made (for more info see below). As we strike for perfection, to ensure all beads were made with extreme care although it is hard, the result were 13 beads that was not "too" perfect which we will use for some fun testing

27g of 13 wild agarwood beads without string are excellent to have. To give you an idea for younger, cultivated beads, they are around 13g, half of the weight given that the dimension of both wild and cultivated beads are circa 16mm.

There is no need to test cultivated beads as there will not sink (the resin content is too young and much less compared to the wild one)

 

We decided to select 2 beads to show you a clear example here:

2 agarwood beads: both weighed the same of 2g or 2 x 2g = 4g

However, 1 sinks and 1 floats why?

 

The answer is simple:  It is the resin that determine, as resin is the real agarwood here, the more of its resin content, the faster it sinks.

Naturally, an old agarwood log has different resin distribution making NOT all part of that log sinks. In other words, a sinking log has sinking parts and NOT sinking parts depending on the resin content.

Below are agarwood beads made from non sinking log. We left a small infected part to show you the beads' pattern.

Check out the video below made by us

 7 agarwoods float and 6 sinks

Vertical view

Horizontal view

 

As you could see, this bracelet is half-sinking because there are 7 beads which float. This is an excellent quality agarwood bracelet. Definitely good for collector and not too pricey. All pictures and video are raw without edited.

If you have more question please email us or comment below

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Cultivated Agarwood beads, dimension of 20mm, weight 28g floats

Although its weight is similar to its wild version, the resin content (agarwood, the infected part) is much less. White wood content dominates in this case, hence it will NOT sink. Having said that, the scent from this cultivated is quite decent despite its young age. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: AFTER EMERGING BEADS UNDER WATER, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY DRIED THEM WITH CLEAN, SCENTLESS CLOTHES AS ONCE THE WATER GETS IN YOUR BEADS WHICH CAUSING THE EXPANSION OF BEADS DIMENSION, IT IS HARD TO REPAIR AS THE BEADS PATTERN WILL BE DISTORTED. WE HAVE SEEN MANY CASES.

PLEASE DO NOT TEST IT AT HOME AND IF YOU DO, IT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK

PLEASE REMEMBER; JUST LIKE A ROLEX WATCH, PLEASE TAKE CARE AND TREASURE YOUR BRACELET


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Michael C
Michael C

January 13, 2017

Wonderful article. Thank you for sharing this

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