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Bethlehem Olive Wood

This biblical wood is from trees that have been bearing fruits in the Nativity town of Bethlehem since the time of Jesus. Our olive wood beads are made by an Orthodox family in Bethlehem. We are pleased to offer the work of their hands, and to support in a small way their struggle in that troubled heart of the Orthodox world.

Particular to the olive wood series is the additional 10 mm bead, appreciated especially by men looking for a hefty prayer rope they can easily run through their fingers. Prayer ropes with the 10 mm beads include oval beads to mark each section and cherry wood crosses; prayer ropes with the 6 mm and 8 mm beads are enhanced with brown, buri seed cross beads and olive wood crosses. No trees were damaged or destroyed in the process of harvesting this olive wood.