Purple Heart

/ˈpəːpl hɑːt/


Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Purple Heart Wood

In the realm of rare hardwoods, Purple Heart wood distinguishes itself not only for its regal appearance but also for the profound symbolism it carries. Originating from the Peltogyne Purpurea native to the rainforests of Central and South America, this unique wood species boasts a captivating royal purple hue, synonymous with prestige and honour.

Purple coloured wood, mixed angled bangles.

One of My earlier creations using a vibrant pieces of Purple Heart wood.

Characteristics of Purple Heart Wood: Strength, Durability, and Allure

Purple Heart wood stands out for its robust structure, showcasing exceptional strength, density, and durability. Despite posing challenges to processing equipment, its formidable qualities make it a standout choice among the sturdiest trees available. The wood’s captivating visual appeal and strength position it as one of the most exotic trees originating from Central and South America.

Peltogyne Purpurea, commonly known as Purple Heart or Nazareno, is a prominent species celebrated for its vivid purple heartwood with dark stripes. Harvested under strict regulations in Panama and Costa Rica to prevent overexploitation, Purple Heart wood maintains conservation stability and is not listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Renowned for its durability, beauty, symbolism, and cost, Purple Heart wood is considered fairly expensive, often reserved for smaller-scale projects. While its price may challenge large-scale applications, the investment for smaller projects is justified by the unique and luxurious character it imparts.

Symbolism of Purple Heart Wood:

Noble Qualities

The distinctive purple colour symbolises nobility, luxury, and power, often associated with qualities such as strength, courage, and dignity.

Spiritual Significance

In some cultures, the colour purple is linked to spirituality and mysticism. Purple Heart wood, with its regal hue, may be seen as a conduit to connect with higher realms or as a representation of spiritual growth.

The ‘Plum Geometric Necklace’

Side angle of Vannucchi Jewellery plum geometric necklace

Here you can see the beautiful straight grain of Purple Heart wood combined with the golden hues of Olive wood and deep Ebony.

In my creative journey with Purple Heart wood, I’ve crafted unique pieces like the ‘Plum Geometric Necklace.’ This contemporary accessory seamlessly weaves the royal purple hues of Purple Heart wood with other exotic hardwoods, resulting in something quite eye-catching. Through responsible use, each piece becomes a unique representation of the harmonious blend between nature’s symbolism and beauty and contemporary craftsmanship.


As we have delved into the world of Purple Heart wood, we have discovered more than just a visually stunning material. Its symbolism encompasses notions of nobility, spirituality, and honour, making it a unique and meaningful choice for those seeking to infuse deeper meaning into their purchases. Whether in the form of furniture, art, or personal keepsakes, each acquisition of Purple Heart wood stands as a testament to the enduring power of nature’s symbolic language, beauty and durability through time.

If you have enjoyed reading about the materials used in my work, next up I will be exploring silver, how it is used in Vannucchi Jewellery and how sustainable it is.