CRAZY COLORFUL PURPLE Maroon & Gray 10" Madagascar Petrified Wood Round!

Regular price $164.00

This is an unbelievably colorful, naturally purple to plum hued slab cut from a choice petrified wood log from Madagascar! The vast majority of the petrified logs found in Madagascar are very neutrally colored with a lot of simple earth tones, but this one tiny deposit is producing some of the most amazingly brilliant, colorful agate wood I've seen from anywhere on the planet! It also appears to be a somewhat unique fossil in that it seems to have structures looking like rays that are very distinctive and a bit like the Rhexoxylon africanus descriptions in the fossil literature, but I'm uncertain if that is what this is. It's definitely not the typical conifer we see from this forest! The incredible color variations preserved in the wood grain are unmatched by any log I've cut from this forest and that purple shade is something I've only seen from this one deposit. This slice is beautifully polished to reveal both the color and the unique fossil structure of this ancient tree trunk! We've just about exhausted our supply of these rare but wonderful purple specimens, so don't miss a chance at a nice one!!

NOTE: The second and third photos are taken from a mate slice to the same log and is included to help show the finish quality that we achieve on these slabs as well as edge detail of the log. This slab is actually about 60% thicker than the one shown in the side profile.

This gorgeous, absolutely choice petrified wood round is the latest in a series of really nice, very colorful rounds that we've prepared in our shop with world class finishes to produce true collector quality specimens that put the imported pieces other dealers offer to shame. I met a new miner several years back that brought some petrified logs in from this distant island nation and what he had was by far the best I'd seen in many, many years - enough so that I travelled there myself to select several tons of the nicest cutting material I'd ever seen from this distant fossil forest. We've cut some amazing pieces and made some great contacts as a result of this significant cash and time investment. But this particular slab is not from a log we cut, but was rescued from a pile of poorly prepared slabs we found with one of the bigger importers from this region. I had briefly looked through a pile of slabs that had been polished in Madagascar just to get a feel for what the logs this dealer had might produce and a small pile of slabs from this log caught my eye for obvious reasons. The color and wood grain is really special in this piece, and despite the cost, I decided the specimens produced would be worth refinishing these slabs for.

It's a lot more expensive for me to re-work a poorly finished slab than it typically is for me to start with a log and cut it myself. While I save the cutting time, The grinding time to make a lumpy hand ground finish flat again takes many times longer than it would to actually cut it smooth with a saw in the first place. And the material is many times the price of a rough log once it's been "finished" in the local shops. But despite these drawbacks, this piece was so exquisite that I decided I must take it home and work it properly and now that I have it in hand, I'm glad I did! I've ground the stone flat again and polished it to a much higher quality lustre than you find on the imported varieties. You can compare my finish on the display side to the import finish that is still on the back of this slab to see how well we back that boast!

Even if you already have Madagascar wood in your collection, you owe it to yourself to see how nice these ancient treasures can be when properly prepared! This wood takes an extreme polish that looks just fabulous. It has a ton of detail and some of the nicest colors I've ever seen in petrified wood (and considering what we usually have on hand this is saying a lot). The checkerboard interior is nicely accented with a huge variety of colors all swirled with other natural tones that preserved the fibrous wood cell structure from this ancient tree fossil very well. The heart is clearly visible and there are some crystal filled cavities that penetrate the surface. It's a striking Madagascar wood round sure to enhance any collection!

It's just amazing how beautiful petrified wood can be and this fine specimen found halfway around the world shows to what lengths people will go to bring these treasures to market! If you don't own a top grade piece form this increasingly important deposit yet in your own collection, this is your chance.

This is a nearly perfect round cut from the center of a nice sized log. This stone has been professionally polished on a special lap that produces a flat face and a mirror perfect shine. The polish really is liquid perfect - a difference in the quality products Sticks-in-Stones has built its reputation on!

It measures about 9 5/8" x 8 7/8" in diameter. It's cut about 0.88" thick. Weight is 5.14 lbs.

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