A pine found only in the forests of Southern Brazil. As a protected wood, it is forbidden to disturb the tree in any form. Throughout its growth, it is typical for a branch to grow to a point in which it naturally falls by its own weight. The basis of this branch is known as a pine knot. The pine knot has a natural resin, which prevents decomposition and makes it water resistant. With a reddish color, this wood provides for an odd gem.
Located near the Serra da Canastra National Park in Brazil, lies the small town of Sao Joao Batista with its only church built in 1820. Throughout the years, termites infested its main door. While undergoing renovation, Roberto Lazaro was able to preserve parts of the door that hadn't been damaged and later donated this piece to me. This is an incredibly great smelling wood with an orange-brownish tone, flawless texture and lots of story to tell.
It is considered one of the best hardwoods in all of South America. It has a brownish-red coloration, smooth to the touch and with little brightness. The wood of the mature Guaritá tree is more durable than its younger counterparts and in this collection we used a Guaritá of considerable maturity. It has a singular beauty and impeccable resistance.
Peroba Rosa was a very abundant wood up until the 1930's. It was used extensively in construction for its high density and durability. Today it is illegal to cut down and only reclaimed wood can be used. In this specific piece, the wood comes from a part of the oldest school in my city, Araxa in Brazil. Its pink tone gives this wood a unique characteristic and makes its handling very pleasant.
This tree played a fundamental role in the economic development of Brazil in the 19th century due to its abundance throughout the country but its logging was so extensive that its use was banned in 1992. This piece comes from a recycled piece of furniture. An interesting fact is that this wood can withstand 3 times more weight than concrete. It has a beige-pinkish coloration dimming to reddish-brown with dark spots.
Also known as Iron Wood, as its name indicates, it is an extremely hard wood and resistant to the elements. It has a unique reddish-brown color with darker stripes and is highly resistant to microorganisms. When polished it becomes very smooth to the touch and very pleasant when in contact with the skin. Undoubtedly, one of the noblest woods of this collection.
Belongs to the family of aromatic trees like cinnamon and bay leaf. Its veins can be considered legitimate works of art. It is indigenous to Brazilian subtropical forests and its coloration can vary greatly from light to dark brown. Due to the chemical composition of the tree, it is protected against infestations of insects and fungi.
There are various species of Jacarandá, however only a dozen or so have the characteristic rich brown tone they are known for. One of the these species, the Jacaranda of Bahia has been harvested since the 16th century, when the Portuguese discovered that it's wood was the same color and of better quality than ebony. It then became known as "pau-santo," because it was heavily used in sacred furniture (of churches) and had different uses. A wood of sober and singular beauty.
One of the most exotic woods because of its color. The color of it's heartwood is dark brown when the tree is freshly cut which then turns into a deep purple. The sapwood is narrow and has a light yellowish hue. All its beauty is really revealed when sanded. Many people think that the wood has been dyed, but purple is its natural color. It is a very heavy and sturdy wood, perfect for jewelry.
This tree produces oil widely used in the pharmaceutical and medical industries. One of the main characteristics is its fresh and enveloping aroma. The orange color is another striking feature of this wood, which enhances even more with a simple polish. It is highly durable and ideal for craftwork.
A very hard type of wood, providing greater strength and durability to the jewelry but very difficult to work with. It has a reddish brown color with delicate lighter tone lines. The seed of its fruit contains coumarin, a substance with various medicinal uses. Its fragrance is reminiscent of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon and clove.
The Ipê is recognized by the exuberance of its beauty and the thickness of its bark. In the indigenous language Tupi, ipê means "thick bark tree". Resistant to urban pollution, the tree provides a beautiful decorative effect in cities. Ipê is a tree very well known for its beautiful flowers that can be white, purple, yellow or pink. Its wood is very hard, the hardest that I have worked with and which allows the manufacture of unique jewels.
Muirapiranga has an intense red color, which makes it extremely exotic and rare. It is a very hard and resistant wood, ideal for jewelry because it presents a great finish and singular beauty. It has a sweet aroma when cut and exceptional durability. The tree can be used for a variety of medical uses derived from both leaves and the bark. One of the most beautiful woods in this collection.