COLORFUL 11 inch Arizona RAINBOW Petrified Wood Conifer Round

Regular price $170.00

This is a rare, medium sized diameter log from one of the most prized petrified wood deposits on the planet! Full round cross sections this size aren't often dug from this bed. Like most of you, I sometimes see images in the awe inspiring patterns and colors frozen in time within these incredible stones. This one just looked like all the color of a glowing sunrise over the Arizona Desert when I cut it. This absolutely beautiful piece of gem fossil wood is cut from one of the most most unusually patterned Arizona rainbow petrified wood logs I've personally handled! It was collected by a friend of mine on a private fee ranch in Arizona near the town of Holbrook. The growth rings are quite distinctive for this type of petrified wood and the natural history of the piece is unmistakable.

We stumbled into some particularly nice, smaller sized Arizona logs that have produced some truly incredible petrified wood rounds. It's unusual to be able to get so much of the color spectrum in a smaller sized display specimen like this, but this log managed to earn the Arizona Rainbow name with a brilliant display of color normally reserved for giant wall pieces! The stone was pricey, but it had such dramatic colors in a nice displayable size that I couldn't pass it up! This log produced some of the finest and visually captivating medium sized Arizona Rainbow specimens you'll find with truly remarkable natural color. It's the kind of specimen that explains how this wood earned its name! The log is very nicely agatized and took a magnificent polish to bring all of that amazing color to life as only the best grades of petrified wood can. This looks to be an Araucaria (an ancient conifer). The deep red, orange, purple and yellow combine with the ancient wood grain to make a stunning display piece! We don't offer it often - but when we do you know it's a great piece!!

I don't often get top grade examples of petrified wood from Arizona and what I do see is usually table top size and not very easy for a collector to display. This particular log is an exception to both rules. I didn't find it, but I sure wish I had! It's one of the better preserved medium sized petrified wood logs I've seen from that state and deserves a place in your collection as well. Most of the petrified logs found in this particular area are Araucaria, and the structure in this one is consistent with those. The cell structure of most of these super old conifer like trees are very difficult to separate just in cross section no matter how well defined they are and this one is no exception.

If you're new to our shop the one thing you should expect is to see an unexpectedly glossy finish on each stone we prepare. This complete round is a wonderful example of the best lapidary work you'll find. It's been cut with a diamond saw and flat lapped on equipment I built myself to produce a mirror perfect polish unmatched by any of our many would-be imitators. The detail captured and revealed through the highly polished surface is just immaculate. It's easily some of the best fossil wood to be found anywhere! The rings are gorgeous, the agate is highly polished and the detail is easier to see in person than the photo suggests. It's a truly special find and we won't likely have a lot more so get a piece for your collection while it's available!

This is a very solid slab from the center of the log and measures about 11 1/4" x 9" across the polished face. It is cut approx 0.54" thick. Weight is about 3.56 lbs.

A nice, unique natural wonder collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary!