This is a tiny box made out Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota) with Betelnut (areca catechu) cap. Desert Ironwood is probably the nicest looking wood from North America, very hard, heavy, polished up to a glassy finish and the swirly grain shimmers like gold. Native American believes that the wood will bring luck and good health to the people who carry it. Betel Nut is a very hard palm nut with significant cultural role in SE Asia and India subcontinent. It is often chewed for the mild stimulant effect, often offered as a sign of friendship and hospitality. In Viet Nam, Betel Nut, along with Betel leaves, are the symbols of marriage. My grandma used to chew the betelnut/leaves/lime/tobaco concoction. I remember going to the open market to selected the best fresh nuts and leaves for her. Of course, I also tried out that intriguing Vietnamese chewing gum, but I'm telling you, it's seriously an acquired taste!
A nice box for your valuables. The screw-on cap makes this nature inspired box extra special and ensures that your content is secured. Comes ready to dangle with the swivel lobster claw attachment, which is removable for conversion into a pendant. Good for daily pills, or something meaningful you want to keep close... Not recommended for long term storage of emergency pill, since I don't know how air/water tight the closure is.
Dimension (largest diameter x height): 3/4" x 2-3/8"
-- All wood turned items were hand made and/or hand threaded on a lathe. Hardwood threaded inserts were used for woods that do not accept threading well.
-- The item was sanded to 1200 grid for a mirror finish and sealed with a food-safe varnish, if applicable. For hard, fine grained wood with a natural shine, only wax and oil was applied.
-- Each piece offered is a unique item. The design may be repeated but the dimension and wood combination, and or decorative accent will be different
-- Artist signature and catalog number will be inscribed on the item
-- I ship via USPS First Class mail (or Priority Mail if requested). Combined shipping is the highest shipping cost plus $2 for each additional item. Free shipping for 5 or more items purchased at the same time