Rosewood, Brazilian

Latin name: Dalbergia nigra

Common name(s): Rosewood, Jacaranda, Rio Rosewood, Bahia Rosewood

Sources: Brazil and other Tropical American regions

Characteristics: Stark contrast between yellowish sapwood and dark red to violet to brown heartwood. Medium lustre, medium to sometimes coarse texture. Oily to the touch. Grain generally straight but may swirl, at times resembling a characteristic called monkey ear. Highly prized as one of the most beautiful of all hardwoods.

Common cuts: Plain sliced, Quarter sliced

Uses: Musical instrument, parquetry, marquetry, and extremely high end architectural millwork and cabinetry.

Availability: True Brazilian Rosewood has been on embargo for years and is considered endangered by CITES*.

Price: $$$$$++