How to identify original red sandalwood


How To Identify Original Red Sandalwood?


  1. Check color/appearance: Red sandalwood has a rich solid red color. It has little to no variation or visible grain. A red sandalwood bracelet shouldn't be solid red, It should vary depending on how good the sandalwood truly is. The older the darker (Older red sandalwood tends to be better.)


How To Identify Original Red Sandalwood?
  1. Grain/Texture: Red sandalwood is usually straight and smooth. Should not feel rough or grimy. 


Smell of Red sandalwood
  1. Cutting/Scratching: When cutting/scratching the Red sandalwood bead, you should notice it is red. The color of the bead should not turn white or any other color. (Please understand we are not saying cut your bead in half but rather scratching it to see whether its painted or not.)


How To Identify Original Red Sandalwood?
  1. The smell: There should be a smell to your red sandalwood beaded bracelet. If it has not smell, it means it is fake wood. Red sandalwood should have a sweet smell to it. 


  1. There are other ways of identifying Red sandalwood. Wood has DNA like humans, the DNA is in every cell of wood and cannot be faked. There are a number of companies using these techniques to make sure there would is real like ourselves, DNA testing wood is the best way to identify any wood as genuine and real Indian Sandalwood, right down to the genus and species.




Their hundreds of ways to tell if red sandalwood is real or fake. However, these 4 methods are the most used and are the main ways to check if your red sandalwood s real. It’s sad for us to see that many people are falling for this “trick.” We personally have been selling wood and authentic bracelets for over 100 years and are disappointed with what we see. We have good news. If you’re looking for an authentic wood bracelet, we have just that. We are not asking anyone to buy our wood bracelets but are asking to see them and let us know what you think. However, since obtaining these exotic woods are hard, we are always at low stock.






What is red sandalwood bracelet?


A red sandalwood bracelet is powerful. A red sandalwood bracelet can help one’s mind, anxiety, improving a person’s health, stress, help your immunity and mood. A red sandalwood bracelet can help with many other things. We are only listing a few things it can help with.   


Identifying red sandalwood

The secret behind Red sandalwood


We are going against many companies’ violations here. We are here to tell the truth about how companies are selling fake Red sandalwood to the public and are claiming it is real. Red sandalwood is one of the oldest woods still around. (Since the 16th century) Are you ready to read about the truth that many companies will never dare to share? And how to properly identify original Red sandalwood?


How To Identify Original Red Sandalwood?

As we have stated above original red sandalwood has been around for a long time. Red sandalwood has been around since 1501 and is still around to this day. Day by day red sandalwood is getting more expensive, but why? This is because Red sandalwood takes a long time to grow (3 years) and is not being replanted.


Red sandalwood is one of the rarest and most expensive types of wood on the planet. In an article written by Lingo they claim that red sandalwood is one of the most expensive wood in the world. In the last 700 years red sandalwood has been worn by many royal courts.


A beautiful red sandalwood tree

Red sandalwood is officially an endangered species, many countries are considering/putting restrictions on it being used. Red sandalwood is getting so rare that a small Red sandalwood board costs could cost up to $60-$105. Overall, it wouldn’t make sense for a company to spend $105 on a red sandalwood board and sell a Red sandalwood bracelet for $50 as they have just lost $50.







How are companies faking red sandalwood?


The answer is simple, original red sandalwood is found in India, India has banned red sandalwood because of its rarity so many companies around the world decided to use “Laminate wood.” Laminate wood is a multi-layer synthetic piece of wood. This “Laminate” does have wood (10%) However, it mainly consists of other materials that aren’t good for one’s health and can be toxic to a human. It is mainly composed of two materials melamine resin and fiber board materials. Laminate wood has many other materials inside of it that would be to boring to list.




How To Identify Original Red Sandalwood?

Laminate wood is used so widely (about 95% of red sandalwood use laminate wood instead of authentic Red sandalwood) many companies around the world , including some of the largest and most well-known brands are promoting their red sandalwood bead bracelets. They get this wood from china and claim its real. True red sandalwood is typically found in southern India, western Africa, and Indonesia.





Why claim red sandalwood is real?


It’s not easy getting your hand on real and authentic red sandalwood. As we’ve said an red sandalwood tree can take up to 2-3 years to grow and has been banned. Many companies do not have that time and patience for that. They also do not have anyone to supply them real red sandalwood.


handcrafted red sandalwood bracelet

Handcrafted Red sandalwood bracelet


Simple answer, we have been around for more than a hundred years. Our Red sandalwood bracelet were intended only for monks, sultans, and kings. When presenting a bracelet (back then) to a high arch it would take hours of inspecting a bracelet to ensure the bracelet was 100% handcrafted, natural, and uses top-quality materials. We have given our red sandalwood bracelet all around the world and have been noticed by many like; Jigme K. –King of Bhutan, Ongino K. –Popular monk, and Sehzade o -Sultan. We also have many projects coming up. One of our main projects we will be focusing on is how and where our craftsman makes each bead. Like the video of us showing you how our monk blesses each bracelet.


Red sandalwood is worn by kings

Where is red sandalwood found?

Red sandalwood is commonly found in South India. This is due to the favorable soil and climate conditions to grow Red Sandalwood tree.


Truth behind red sandalwood

Companies are faking red sandalwood bracelets due to the fact they cannot get original red sandalwood. As we've said before red sandalwood is endangered and is constantly on a low stock. Due to this many companies are using chemicals and laminate to make these fake bracelets. 

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