Koa Wood: Its History and Significance
The Koa tree's large leaves yearn to touch the blue skies. These magnificent trees begin life as tiny black seedlings inside brown pods before they grow up and outward. The result? A plant that doesn’t just give you oxygen, but is so beautiful it might just take your breath away!
Koa wood is native to Hawaiʻi, the largest Hawaiian island. This wood was crucial to the development of early Hawaiian society. Koa wood has been used as a defensive weapon by many native warriors, which makes it a symbol of strength. Not only that, but this wood has unmatched natural beauty and is still in use today.
Koa wood is famous for being multipurpose, which means it can be used in furniture, antiques, jewelry, and even eating utensils. It kept these early Hawaiians safe from their enemies and functioned as solid material for small boats and war tools. Today, Koa is highly regarded for its beauty and remains immensely valuable on the island and worldwide for its rarity.
Koa wood was once exclusive to Hawaiian royalty and it was considered "kapu" or illegal for citizens outside of that caste system to possess this special material. The wood was the heart of the island and was believed to be the reason for victorious battles. In fact, Koa wood would become synonymous with triumph, a sacred gift that helped to protect its people.
"Koa" translates to many powerful words in Hawaiian, including "brave," "warrior," "bold," or "courage." As the wood was used in one of Hawaii's early weapons, its usefulness proved to be an anchor for the people. Some examples of the weapons include short spears, a melee weapon when engaging in close combat, and longer, thinner spears for much larger groups of enemies. Another melee weapon was the leiomano, lined with razor-sharp shark teeth. The ancient warriors passed down these marvelous, hand-crafted weapons for future generations to honor.
Koa warriors were keen on protecting their island and fending for themselves. This symbol of strength is famous amongst men looking to hold a piece of significance in their hands. We recommend our unique selection of Koa wood rings for anyone who wants to bring a piece of this powerful wood into their life.
Hawaiian Koa wood rings hold great cultural significance. Many Hawaiian jewelry pieces are made using natural materials and handmade on the island. This idea of heirloom jewelry is most popular, ranging from hand-carved wooden pieces to silver engraved adornments. The jewelry pieces can make their statement as the trees carry their historical meanings. Many people may find the stories of the Koa tree to be a daunting, fearful task. Many battles were accomplished using them, leading to many stories of bloodshed. The once-banned wood was highly regarded in its own right, as royal ancients were the only ones to handle the material.
While the ownership of Koa wood is no longer exclusive to local people, it can still represent a sense of specialness–the wood is costly and one of the most sought-after kinds of wood in the world. As for its rarity, this only makes for a more meaningful piece.
Koa wood's internal charm is nestled in its generational worth, encapsulated in a robust and bold exterior. A type of acacia tree, Koa, can be presented in several patterns and colors. Its primarily syrupy, mahogany hue blends into the striped internal design–of its most stunning, a tight, "curly" grained pattern that’s beautiful to look at.
Koa wood was traditionally used to create bowls and eating vessels and made for special tools, including weapons. Carrying a piece of Koa wood with you can have its own spiritual and cultural properties just as much as it is lovely to marvel at. In recent fashion trends, genuine wooden rings and earrings have become the perfect gift. Men's Koa bracelets are a gender-neutral choice in many surf-side areas worldwide, and you’re sure to see Koa wood men’s rings as well.
Koa wood has some of the finest qualities and symbolizes strength, bravery, and courage. Wooden jewelry is unique and instills a sense of sophistication. The rustic brown is versatile and can instantly personalize a look.
Here at Woodsman Jewelry, we offer a variety of modern metal variations to personalize each ring. We offer plated colors in our men's and women's collections, including:
These beautiful variations cater to all of your gifting needs, whether the special person in your life prefers a steel gray color to a dynamic gold one. Each color variation blends perfectly with the reddish-brown color, making the shade pop much more.
As mentioned in our opening section, the lifecycle of the Koa tree is critical. Its primary production comes from fallen or dead trees instead of being uprooted on healthy, growing trees. The trees were once in danger during their growth stages, as local animals feast on the tiny seeds and saplings. There are now protections and laws in place against the personal interests of harvesters. Koa wood is a sustainable option due to its usefulness in its dying stages, and we pledge to only use Koa wood that is obtained in sustainable ways.
There's no other wood like that of the Koa tree. The historical and cultural significance helps to garner our appreciation of such a reliable piece of nature. Once used as a means to survive, the wood is now wanted by those enamored by its outward beauty. The sleek, curly inner design is now famous for its many colors and purposes, and it’s difficult to resist.
You’ll find a variety of beautiful Hawaiian Koa wood rings on our site, ranging from Koa wood men’s rings to elegant Koa wood engagement rings. Not only are these accessories pretty, but they'll last a lifetime, just like your love for one another.
Our Hawaiian Koa Wood Bracelets are not only the sustainability-conscious choice but make for unique accessories. With its cultural significance and variety of styles, In addition to the quality of our products and our impeccable services, we are committed to doing our part in supporting environmental issues. Woodman Jewelry collaborates with 1% For The Planet, a fund that donates proceeds from businesses to support an environmentally conscious initialization. We are in support of our responsibility for a healthier planet.
Here at Woodsman Jewelry, we are committed to providing excellent customers to ensure that your pieces are what you want to update your accessories collection. You'll understand our business if you appreciate the aesthetic and message behind our brand. We provide the following:
- Free worldwide shipping on all orders
- 30-day money-back guarantee and 30-day size exchange
- Lifetime ring exchanges
- Lifetime warranty on select items
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My husband loved it!
The ring is beautiful. The sizing was spot on and matches what I had sized my finger to be at the local jewelry shop.
Thank you very much! I can't wait to wear this ring when I get married next year!
Really enjoy this KOA ring, fits great and very comfortable
Got this as an anniversary present for my wife, and she loves it! Also, great customer service from the team.
Ring size was too small. They offered a trade-in for the cost of materials and shipping and comped the shipping when we had trouble using the online form. Highly recommend!
I’m pretty hard on things and this ring has really held up nicely. Still shining on.
The ring itself it’s beautiful everything I wanted, high quality and perfect sizing! The family that run the company were so helpful and kind! Would 100% recommend anything from this product
Great price and great product. The hoop earrings are made beautifully with the koa wood. Customer service is over a 5 star, really attentive to customers needs. Thank you. I will definitely shop here again. 🤙🤙🤙
I have been buying koa wood jewelry for gifts from Woodsman for years and all of it is beautiful and always appreciated by the recipients. This year I bought myself the rose gold bracelet and it is the most beautiful piece yet! I love it, wear it often, and always get complements. Thank you for your attentive service and well-made, lovely jewelry.
Wonderful piece of jewelry.
Well made & beautiful !
Many thx for the amazing customer service. Had a minor issue with my old bracelet and it was replaced with a new one. Super quality , hand crafted bracelet!!! Top notch! Your customer service sets a very high bar for the rest of the retail world to reach!! Thx again!!! Cheers
Very beautiful piece
Love the ring however it’s too big based off the sizzling chart.