Two main reasons:
Read on to find out more
Everyone loves sinking agarwood beads, the darker the better right? Who else does not? It is very tempted to submerge your bracelet or 108 mala agarwood beads underwater to test its "sinking" quality. However, are you aware that by doing so will damage your beads if not done correctly?
Let's go back to the basics, what is the real reasons for buying these beads? Most people would collect them, some wear them to attract luck, others are for Feng Shui reasons.
People usually exam agarwood beads by their scemt and apperarance Although to appreciate oud scent, it is better to heat oud chips or apply oud oil on your arms, wrists, behind ears or your clothes. Anyway, agarwood beads do contain some oud scent but it could only be as good as oud chips at room temperature.
Appearance: the darker the heavier the better. If it is solid black, chances of counterfeit are high. However, let's quickly discuss how these beads are made
Below is the material, unfortunately, with agarwood beads you can't pick and choose and agarwood chips
An agarwood bead is generally in a sphere shape which was made from agarwood cube (or rectangular prism) like the one below
You can see, there are agarwood beads containing more resin than others. It is extremely difficult to only "cube" out the most resinous parts only
So back to the question: should you test your agarwood beads under water to find out if they are sinking quality?
Yes, you can but you need to know how to do it properly. Here are the steps (try it as your own risks)
Yes, unfortunately, it is not on your hand but the hunters, and again it comes down to trust. Testing the material, agarwood logs is safer than the beads
If the agarwood logs are sinking, chances are the beads would be sinking. It does not matter of the agarwood logs cracked, as it would be fixed during beads making process.
Please see below, this is an expensive experience, please do not try it at home. After 3 minutes of submerging,
These beads are excellent in quality, at least half sinking, look at the weight without string: above 27 g which is very decent.
We can't, it is what it is. It happened as the consequence of long submerging underwater. It cracked, so we decided so crack them open to show you what it looks like
Are you curious to see what inside a half bead? Yes you are, we know it . We do you a big favour too, see below the enlargement of agarwood beads: can you see the resin and resin duct? Sure you can !
These beads will be cotton polished again with the beads making machine to restore the look. This practise is usual and known as polishing. It can be done with cotton cloth or sandapaper.
Yeah, the reflection comes back, see the light ?
So in short, please do not try to submerge your agarwood beads underwater without proper preparation as it can seriously damage or ruin your beads.
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