My own web site is, as far as I know, the best single source of accurate pictures of the various true rosewoods and the other woods mentioned in this article. Keep in mind, however, that the variability of color and grain in many of the rosewoods is absolutely staggering and even though I have MANY pics of some of the rosewoods (I was for quite a while, absolutely ADDICTED to taking pics of cocobolo), you may find a piece that doesn't look quite like any of MY pics but that fact in and of itself certainly doesn't mean the piece is not genuine.

The best pieces of the better rosewoods, such as East Indian rosewood and cocobolo, are just amazingly beautiful and are not likely to be confused with any other woods. The variegated colors, including bright reds, oranges, and purples, combined with contrasting dark streaks, make these woods stand out like few other woods can. Other rosewoods, or even lesser pieces of the best species, can be hard to identify ... it's just a matter of experience. Again, my site is a good place to start but not by any means the only place to look. And I find that sometimes, even when you are holding a piece, as opposed to looking at pics on the internet, it can be near-impossible, or even impossible, to figure out what wood you've got. AND, like most woods, rosewoods WILL have some pieces that are NOT all that attractive and you might not even think they really ARE rosewood.

Many of the rosewoods, especially cocobolo, tend to be oily so that can be a clue. Any wood that purports to be cocobolo, for example, that is not oily is highly suspect.

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