GREEN STARBURST WOODWORTHIA - Spectacular 6.5" African Petrified Wood Round!

Regular price $125.00

This is one of the most beautifully colored, perfectly preserved and finely detailed of the Zimbabwe Woodworthia specimens I've had the pleasure of offering this season! I wasn't sure what this log was going to yield and held off cutting it, only to discover the subtle green spike knot rays and the gorgeous green accent colors highlighting the growth structure of this amazing fossil! The bold rays, nice shape, exceptional symmetry and rare color combination all combine to make a truly collectible petrified wood specimen that is guaranteed to be unique in your collection! The anticipation in finishing these has been tremendous. It's only the third log I've ever seen with the color preserving the wood this way providing a bridge between the classic browns that dominate this site and the green hues that are highly sought after by collectors! It's really a compelling and captivating piece of natural fossil art with a nice polish! The finely detailed annual rings are pierced by the bold rays to form one of the prettiest fossil formations you'll ever see in petrified wood. And the color represents some of the best of the specimens from this forest you'll find. One side of the log appears to show the stream sediments that likely buried the log before it was petrified and the green is a more subtle grass or army green hue, but it still rises to the top of the heap in my recent work with Woodworthia and I'm confident you'll appreciate it too! One of my all-time favorites in a wonderful collector size specimen!

This round is from a smaller log that still has the stellar rays emanating through the entire round from the spike knots this wood is identified from. In the last couple of years I've started seeing some really fascinating petrified wood coming into the US at the big import shows from Zimbabwe, Africa! The wood is typically green, brown and black and exceptionally well preserved on the exterior. The interior reminds me of a lot of the Utah wood in detail (i.e. it's hit and miss) but the best pieces show beautiful spike knots leading up to the spine bases that coat the exterior logs. You'd recognize these specimens anywhere as the logs are consistently the same colors inside and out, and the exterior is coated with an unmistakable pattern of spine scars. The wood grain itself varies in quality, but the best of these pieces show spike knots in cross section (they look like rays coming from the center of the log) and a good cut will show several of them.

This wood is quite unique and really a much more interesting fossil than most of the Woodworthia we get here in the US. The green color is something you have to see in person to understand - it's not really comparable to any other petrified wood and it's difficult to get a representative photograph that really does the color justice. The wood has a reasonably high silica content so we're able to coax a nice polish out of the specimen.

This round is cut from the center of a very solid log. It's really a nice piece, but what else would you expect from a business named "Sticks-in-Stones"?! We've applied all of our considerable lapidary skills to bring out a mirror finish and produce a specimen worthy of display in your own collection. You can also make out some of the spine scars on the edge of the slice.

This piece measures about 6 1/2" x 5 3/4" across the mirror polished face and is cut about 0.38" thick. Weight is 0.94 lbs. Stands sold separately.