Gabriel hand crafting jewellery

The Materials

All the jewellery is handcrafted, using a variety of exotic woods, sterling silver, 14k gold, and freshwater pearls. With environmental sustainability in mind, the woods are often selected from pieces that would otherwise be discarded, such as the striking Yellow Cedar burl from the logging slash piles of Port Alberni, or blocks of wood from a retired instrument-maker's attic, giving each piece of jewellery a story of its own. Tahirih and Gabriel are active members of the West Coast Wilderness Committee and The Rainforest Alliance, donating a portion of their profits annually.

 

The Process

Wood pieces are initially cut and shaped using lathe and band-saw. This is followed by hours of delicate hand-shaping. Tahirih and Gabriel have developed a unique finishing method using shellac, a hypoallergenic resin applied in thin coats that creates a long-lasting polish with unparalleled clarity. After a week-long curing period, each piece is hand-sanded with progressively finer sandpapers and then buffed to achieve a glasslike finish, revealing the natural grain and colour of the wood beneath. There are no stains or dyes used in Solomon Rose jewellery.

The precious metal jewellery line is fashioned using fine files, dapping blocks, and a variety of shop-made hammers. Each piece is completed by applying a subtle hand-brushed finish or buffing on a wheel to achieve a mirror finish.

 

The Woods that are used for our Jewellery

African Blackwood - Dalberiga Melanoxylon
Rare. From the savannah areas of Africa, blackwood is used in making wood-wind instruments, and in Tanzania is used by the Makonde people in making detailed carvings depicting tribal myths and stories.
Bloodwood - Brosimum Paraense
Rare. From Africa and Central & South America. Naturally crimson in colours. Bloodwood is used in many fine wood and art pieces.
 
Bubinga - Guibourtia Demeusei
Exotic. From Zaire, Gabon, the Ivory Coast & Nigeria, it's sometimes known as African rosewood, and is a strong, durable and naturally water-resistant hardwood with lustrous colour and figure.
Canadian Plum - Prunus Nigra
From British Columbia. The Plum tree's leaves are used for green dye, its inner bark for treatment of colds, and its fruit for baking and jam!
 
Cocobolo - Dalbergia Retusa
Rare. From Mexico, Nicaragua & Panama. Known for its rich colours, it is considered to be one of the most attractive of the exotic hardwoods. Rich in natural oils, it is naturally water-resistant. Cocobolo was used in the elaborate marquetry decoration & joinery of 18th-century Europe.
Ebony - Diospyros Marmorata
One of the world's most prized and expensive hardwoods, this African wood is famous for its rich, jet-black colour, and has been used for making fine furniture and musical instruments for centuries.
 
Maple - Acer Saccharum
From the Great Lakes region of Canada. This tree favours a cold-weather climate, so eastern Canada is ideal! One tree produces 12 gallons of sap each year, so 3 trees can yield 1 gallon of pure maple syrup.
Osage Orange - Maclura Pomifera
From Texas, this tree gets its name from the Osage Indians, who used it to make bows & war clubs. So strong is this wood, it was used to build the wheel stock for the very first chuck wagon.
 
Wild Olive - Olea Hochstetteri
Very rare. Native to the Mediterranean, their trunks are so gnarled and twisted, its difficult to use the trees for lumber. Oil from olives has been used world wide for both culinary and beauty purposes for thousands of years.
Paduak - Pterocarpus Soyauxii
Exotic. From Central and tropical West Africa, it is known as a dye wood. Its bright red colour is used for dying fine silks and wools.
 
Pink Ivory - Berchemia Zeyheri
Very rare. From Mozambique, this wood is known locally as the royal wood of the Zulus because of its importance in local customs. It is also one of the rarest and most exotic hardwoods in the world.
Purple Heart - Peltogyne Spp
Exotic. From Central and Latin America, these trees grow 100 to 150 feet tall, most commonly in the Amazon basin. The purple wood comes from the centre of the tree (the heartwood), and when first cut is slightly brown, then, with time, becomes a rich purple colour.
 
Snakewood - Rauwolfia Serpentina
Very Rare. Also called leopardwood, it is from Panama & the Amazon; named after its twisted limbs and roots which resemble climbing serpents, and its snakelike markings.
Merbau - Intsia Palembanica
Native to Sumatra, West and Central Java, and Borneao, this hardwood is commonly used for flooring, joinery, and specialty building. It is also known as a dye source. Merbau trees flower, then produce pods of large seeds. Natural regeneration is rare because of poor seed germination.
 
Tulipwood - Dalbergia Variabilis
Rare. Native to northeastern Brazil, tulipwood has a mildly fragrant scent when worked with. When it was abundant, it was used to make fine French furniture.
Yew - Taxus Brevfolia
This tree grows around the world, sometimes exceeding 2000 years of age. Yew's evergreen leaves are said to be symbolic of everlasting life, while the wood itself was considered sacred by the Greeks, associated with Hecate, Queen of the Underworld. The Pacific yew has gained fame, proving to be a potent cancer drug.
 
Yellow Heart - Euxylophora Paraensis
From lower Amazon region, it is bright yellow in colour with tight grain. It is used for specialty inlay for its bright highlighting effect. It grows 130 feet tall with leaves growing up to 10' tall and 4"wide! It also has a wonderful show of creamy white flowers.
Zebrawood - Microberlinia Brazzavillensis
Rare. Native to West Africa, this wood has bark up to 12" thick, and is so hard it has been used to make skis! It's named after its characteristic light & dark stripes.
 
Wenge - Millettia Laurentii
This hardwood is native to swampy areas in Zaire, and the Congo. Early African craftsmen chose Wenge for their carved masks and sculptures of Gods, occasionally it was also used for canoes and building materials. It is now commonly used for fine instrument making, ship building, and cabinetmaking.
Santos Rosewood - Machaerium Scleroxylon
This wood is native to Bolivia. It is used for making guitars, knife handles, and wood turning.
When first cut, it emits a subtle rose scent. Rosewood is a sought after hardwood, some species (Brazilian) becoming almost extinct, and therefore, completely unavailable.
 
Yellow Cedar Burl - Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis Yellow Cedar Burl - Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis
Bright Yellow with bird’s eye markings, this wood is strongly aromatic when cut and is considered one of the finest timbers in the world. It is found on the West Coast of BC and is used for totem poles, ship building, and inlay.
Arbutus Menziesii Arbutus - Arbutus Menziesii
Native to the Pacific Northwest, the Arbutus was important to the Salish Tribes who used arbutus to create potent medicines. Now it is a protected tree, rooted to cliffsides throughout the Gulf Islands.
 
Macassar Ebony - Diospyros Celebica Macassar Ebony - Diospyros Celebica
Very Rare. Native to India, this exotic species is the wood of choice for many decorative turners and fine furniture makers. Its amazing striped pattern of dark blacks and honeyed-chocolate browns is why this is our most popular wood!
Douglas Fir Burl - Pseudotsuga Menziesii Douglas Fir Burl - Pseudotsuga Menziesii
Abundantly growing along the South Coast of BC, the Douglas Fir is used for all types of building, and can grow up to 85 meters tall! The burls have beautiful markings of deep brown swirls, iridescent bird’s eye, and blond to deep red streaks.