Pink Ivory ranges in color from a pale brownish pink, to a bright,
almost neon pink, to a deep red. Typically the most valuable pieces of
Pink Ivory are a vibrant pink. Pink Ivory can commonly be seen with a
curly or fiddleback grain pattern, further enhancing its visual impact.
Sapwood of Pink Ivory tends to be pale yellow to light brown, with a
somewhat gradual demarcation from heartwood. Color changes in Pink Ivory
(becoming faded or dull over time) can be problematic and are not fully
Pink Ivory has a pronounced blunting effect on cutting edges, and it's
fairly difficult to work in board form. Tearout can occur on figured or
quartersawn sections during planing. Pink Ivory is much more common in
applications involving carving or turning, and it turns and finishes
Pink Ivory trees are said to be both rare and valuable, and have been
rumored to be "rarer than diamonds." Other reports state that the tree
is relatively common in some areas of South Africa—though large trees
with straight, defect-free trunks are much more scarce. According to
folklore, the tree is considered royal to the Zulus in South Africa.