These beautiful wooden beads are made in Bethlehem from olive wood. Slight variations in colors and shape of the beads. Look carefully and you will see that each bead is unique. A perfect touch to your farmhouse and coastal decor. We love using these in decorating. They add texture, color, to your coastal farmhouse decor.
- Bead Size: 12 x 13mm
- Hole Size: 3mm
- Strand Length: 24
- Number of Beads: 52
About Olive Wood
Olive trees are well known as a source of fruit and oil, but what many people aren’t aware of is that the wood itself is among the hardiest of all fruit trees. The beautiful contrasting blond and brown of the curled grain, coupled with its durability makes olive wood particularly ideal for Rosary Beads, many of which are produced by co-operatives in the ancient city of Bethlehem – presently located within the Palestinian Autonomy in Israel.
Skilled artisans have been producing Olive Wood Beads from the ancient fruit-bearing trees in Bethlehem for over 2,000 years. Most are made by Orthodox families who have developed their knowledge of the ancient woodturning techniques from previous generations. Olive Wood Beads are produced in a wide range of different sizes, however, they are almost always oval or spherical in shape owing to their use in traditional Rosaries. Cherry wood beads are often used as ‘prayer markers’, dividing sections of the beads in accordance with the number of prayers and decades included. Whilst the production of Olive Wood Rosaries is still a thriving industry in Bethlehem, many of the strands exported are very old.