Mexican Ironwood is one of the largest and longest - lived Sonoran Desert plants, reaching 45 feet in height and living for as long as 1,500 years. It's scientific name is OLNEYA TESOTA.
Mexican Ironwood is a single or multi-trunked evergreen tree, and displays lavender to pink flowers in May. By early summer, the pods mature. Each 2 inch pod contains one to four shiny brown seeds that are relished by many Sonoran animals from small mammals and birds to humans. It’s iron-like wood, thus the term ironwood, is renowned as one of the worlds densest woods and a masterpiece for carving.
In it’s LIVE STATE, Ironwood doesn’t have the beauty and texture of the carved and finished product. In order to get a piece of ironwood eligible for carving, the wood must be naturally aged after the tree dies in which the resins, the natural sun and desert curing process hardens the wood almost to a petrified state. This can take in excess of 10 years to naturally produce a gem quality piece of wood and cannot be artificially done. Ecologically, this insures the trees would not be harvested while live.
The variety of grain and color, as well as the luster and sensuousness of this gorgeous wood and the beauty of hand carving give these sculptures their unique and exquisite value. We choose only the finest quality mexican ironwood and wood carvings, and yes, they do cost a bit more, but their beauty is well worth the price.
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Onyx is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color (save some shades, such as purple or blue.)
Commonly, specimens of onyx available contain bands of colors of white, tan, and brown. Sardonyx is a variant in which the colored bands are sard (shades of red) rather than black. Pure black Onyx is common, and perhaps the most famous variety, but not as common as Onyx with banded colors.
Most of the onyx chess sets and game boards use a black onyx and a contrasting color and the beauty is in matching the lighter color throughout the board for a uniform and appealing effect. JBExotic picks only the finest quality matching onyx chess sets and boards to bring to you. Currently, they are offered in 10 inch, and 14 inch boards.
Since the onyx chess sets and boards are unique, we will try to offer the widest range of colors, but we cannot promise that the exact picture is what you get - due to the unique marbeling patterns. However, if you order a White/Translucent chess board, you will GET a White/Translucent chess board. We do get the rare green, red and pink, and if you order one of those, we will confirm the specific chess board and onyx chess sets of your choosing.