Why is it called Submerged Agarwood?
Agarwood (Oud) is formed from the trunk of the Do Bau tree. When the tree is damaged (storms break branches, borers, ants make nests...) the sap of the tree will accumulate and cover the infected area for protection. From that wound, after tens to hundreds of years, a fragrant essential oil called frankincense will be created. Depending on the factors: soil, climate, altitude... random impact that agarwood has different aroma, color and value.
Among them is a type of agarwood that carries a large amount of essential oil, the amount of oil that is tightly sealed in the wood grain makes them harder and heavier than other types, when dropped into the water completely submerged. That is the reason why experts named it submerged agarwood, also known as Submerged Agarwood.
However, not every piece of incense that is submerged in water is valuable. Sometimes there are pieces of agarwood, the part of which is more than the amount of agarwood oil, and it still sinks. To evaluate the quality of submerged agarwood, buyers need to have experience to identify the amount of essential oil in the piece as well as its origin. Type 1 sedimentation, the percentage of essential oils contained in the wood will account for 40% - 80% of the total volume of the wood block.
The majority of Agarwood currently being sold on the market is floating agarwood with a lot of wood, little essential oil, so it's light in weight. With the same product with similar volume, the sink is much heavier, when holding the feeling of compactness and firmness.
The value of Agarwood(oud) sinks
About feng shui: Agarwood itself is a pure yang product, it also carries a much larger spirit.
In terms of physical strength: Natural sinking Agarwood is a high rate of plasticization of agarwood, so it will withstand water well. Each grain of wood is dense with agarwood essential oil, the veins are even and tight. Other types of agarwood are usually sparse and thin.
About scent: The percentage of frankincense essential oil in Agarwood sinks is superior to that of other types, so the scent is strong and durable, so much so that many sellers dare to claim it is a lifetime warranty. When you smell it, you will feel a pleasant, refreshing, long-lasting fragrance.
Pieces of Agarwood submerged originated in Vietnam. The quality of the oil contained in the wood can be clearly seen with detailed close-ups. Agarwood is filled with the wood fibers of the Do Bau tree to create solidity and rigidity. Lots of essential oils, so the agarwood pieces give off a sweet scent
How to identify natural and artificial submerged Agarwood?
Currently, naturally submerged Agarwood is increasingly rare due to over-exploitation, the market demand is high, leading to a lot of counterfeited agarwood. They sprayed chemicals on the trunk of the tree to speed up the production of agarwood. When the agarwood essential oil accumulates on the trunk of the Do Bau tree, it will form thin pieces of wood like a cover sheet. Then, the craftsman stacks each piece on top of each other and joins them with a special glue into wooden blocks. These agarwood blocks are thicker and stronger than ordinary wood blocks, when dropped into the water, they sink, so they are called sunken agarwood. There is also Agarwood oil cooking oil, which is actually young gourd wood that is cooked in a pot of chemical agarwood essential oil. When cooked for a long time, the piece of Agarwood will become heavy and sink, making many people think this is a natural sink. In fact, they are all artificial agarwood products using poor quality chemicals, which are harmful to the health of users.
With natural agarwood blocks, workers will pour more glue, clay, wax resin or sand... into the voids in the agarwood block and then make fine art, sealed to increase weight. From there, the selling price will be pushed up dozens, to hundreds of times higher than the original value. This method is often applied to the ornamental Agarwood blocks.
For submerged agarwood bracelets, for profit they will shoot lead, iron or glue inside the beads to make the agarwood heavier. Buyers don't know that when they see the weight, they think they pay a high price because of many essential oils. Ky Nam Huong has compiled a few simple distinctions for everyone to refer to and consider before making a purchase decision.
The sinking Agarwood block has been padded with lead
Recognizing through colors and shapes
Natural bass has a natural dark/dark color, clearly visible. Artificial submerged Agarwood is essentially natural, but with a few tricks added to increase the weight, they look quite similar in color. Therefore, buyers need to carefully check around the bass block or bass ring to see if there are any abnormalities. Artificial sunken Agarwood will often leave grafted cuts or wood grain in different directions.
Natural submerged Agarwood is a solid block of wood, without any cutting
To shoot glue or lead into the submerged beads, workers need to cross-drill from the 2 main holes to pierce the beads, invisible to make the holes of the beads bigger than usual. With naturally submerged agarwood, the holes are usually small. Observing the holes drilled on each agarwood grain can help buyers detect artificial sinks.
Agarwood tablets for turning into bracelets are shot with lead to increase weight
Perception by scent
The scent of Agarwood is naturally sinking, not immediately fragrant or light but sweet. With Agarwood, Incense is artificially submerged due to the use of chemical agarwood essential oil, so as soon as you smell it, you will see a strong, strong aroma. In addition, because it is poured and glued with glues, if you smell it closely, you can still see a chemical smell.
Why is the sunken agarwood bracelet so valuable?
According to the experience of agarwood hunters, submerged Agarwood often occurs in old agarwood trees with a high age of 40 years or more. This is the age enough for a tree to produce the best quality and most essential oil. In addition, there are also some mutant plants that, although planted for a few years, have a lot of Agarwood essential oil content, enough to be submerged under water. However, this type is very rare in nature.
Because the process of producing agarwood takes a long time, submerged agarwood is a very popular yang energy wood, a very valuable oriental medicine. It has many healing and conditioning effects. In addition, agarwood is also a valuable material in the manufacture of Buddhist artifacts.
In agarwood products, agarwood bracelets and necklaces can often be carried with them. The energy of basswood helps dispel negative energy, cold wind, evil spirits, and evil paths. Usually, the older the agarwood, the stronger the energy it radiates. Wearing agarwood bracelet for a long time, the energy in the ring will gradually shift to impact on the user. Natural agarwood is precious, submerged agarwood is many times more precious because it is very difficult to find. In the tens of thousands of trees, there is only 1 tree that gives birth to agarwood, and in thousands of trees that give birth to agarwood, only 1 piece of agarwood can be found.
Raw materials for sinking pieces or blocks cost from a few hundred to several thousand dollars/kg. Submergence is calculated in grams (gr). The current sinking price ranges from 3 million to 6 million/gr depending on the quality.
It is the people who wear the meditation bracelet who share with us that they feel the energy field and its impact on the body and mind is very strong. So "you get what you pay for", it is not natural that the price of Agarwood is always high and sought after by many people, everyone aspires to have a piece of deep depression with them. In order to hit the customer's mind that wants to own an Agarwood bracelet, many types of fakes appear, while people often lack the knowledge to distinguish them.
Therefore, to ensure that you can buy a natural standard Agarwood (Oud) bracelet, you need to choose carefully where to buy the product. You should choose to buy at reputable agarwood stores like Ky Nam Huong to be completely assured of the origin and quality of each ring. If you want to learn more about natural agarwood bracelets, please contact hotline 077.8888.677 for detailed advice.