Aztec

For the Aztecs cocoa had a religious significance. Cocoa was believed to be of divine origin: the cocoa tree was a bridge between Earth and Heaven. Cocoa beans were exchanged at children’s coming of age and marriage ceremonies. During marriage ceremonies, the couple drank a symbolic cup of chocolate and exchanged cocoa beans. Aztecs believed that drinking chocolate gave mortals some of Quetzalcoatl’s (God of learning and of the wind) wisdom. They praised it so much so that cocoa beans were once used as currency. While Walnut wood had associations with luxury and style with its deep richly coloured patina and quality finish. The nut itself is visually intricate and appealing