My FAVORITE African WOODWORTHIA Petrified Wood Round - Stunning GEODE Slab!

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I've struggled to take a good photo of this slab as the bright sun at a low winter angle in the sky just overloaded the camera. It is much nicer in hand than this picture manages to capture. I'm confident that you'll be pleasantly surprised when you see this exceptional example of Woodworthia in your hand! This gorgeous geode cavern petrified wood slab comes from one of the best Woodworthia logs I've ever cut. It's a medium sized round with unbelievably distinctive, intricately detailed wood grain and a beautiful display of color that rivals the best I've ever seen from this forest. Some of the agate near the pith gives way to a shimmering quartz lined geode cavern in the center of this fossil log. It makes for a gorgeous contrast against the darker wood. This one is much, MUCH better agatized than most logs from this region and it produced a mirror perfect polish rarely seen from this forest. It's cut thick enough to show some of the characteristic spine scars on the rind. One of my all time favorites in a wonderful collector size specimen with amazing agate density!

This round is from a typical sized Woodworthia log that still has the stellar rays emanating through the entire round from the spike knots this wood is identified from. For several years now we've been 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 is 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 specimens.

This is one of the few complete rounds I was able to locate that really took a stunning polish. If the timeless mystery of this piece isn't enough for you, then I'm certain the simple, natural, gemmy beauty of it will be. The colors are dark and subtle, and the wood grain is unique to this exotic species.

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 4 5/8" across the polished face and is cut about 0.39" thick. Weight is 0.54 lbs. Stands sold separately.