Lignum Vitae or the "Wood of Life" is a very attractive and dense wood with a deep green to brown color. Once used in the manufacture of ships, clocks, and machinery because of its self-lubricating properties, Lignum Vitae beads have a characteristic silky feel and emit a pleasant fragrance when used. Lignum Vitae or Pelesenk tasbihs, as they are known in Turkish, are among the most sought-after of the traditional materials in the Ottoman tasbih legacy. Beads measure approximately 10 x 10mm. Strung with 99 beads in the Ottoman style.