This is easily one of our showiest Australian petrified wood rounds and certainly one of the finest that I have ever had the privilege to offer! Only eBay's Original Rockshop can provide top quality specimens like this one with our meticulously crafted lapidary polish to reveal all of this gemmy beauty so flawlessly! It's also the last slab from the entire log and features a fascinating, naturally weather polished exterior on the back that shows the condition this fine fossil was excavated in. Very few of these logs have this much of the nice, appealing color and easily visible wood grain in such a flawless shape, let alone the intricately preserved herringbone like growth structure revealed through a hand lens! This is really a fantastic, larger, museum grade specimen from this distant petrified forest and among the finest I've ever seen from Australia! It would truly make a wonderful anchor in a collection or center piece in a display case!
It's taken quite a while, but we've finally managed to find a source for some top grade petrified wood from the last continent of the 6 continents that grow trees! Australia has long been known to have some absolutely world class petrified wood specimens, but getting the material shipped here from there has proven to be a cost prohibitive barrier for most collectors (including this one). I finally managed to negotiate a deal that kept the price of the finished specimens reasonable and I'm ready to start sharing the fruits of this multi-year search with other petrified wood and stone collectors!The petrified wood in Australia almost looks like it could come from the Pacific Northwest - which is saying a lot! The logs are typically water worn and smooth, but preserved in an exceptional high grade agate. The wood reminds me a lot of the petrified driftwood specimens we find here at the Rogers Mountain dig in Oregon, but the Australian logs have better wood grain and often have the heart of the log still preserved perfectly in the specimen (Rogers Mountain is usually just chunks of driftwood without the heart). The agatization is some of the best I've seen in petrified wood from any location. It takes a fantastic polish which really brings out every detail in the finely patterned growth rings and even the cell structure is easily visible under a hand lens. At first glance, this wood appears to be a conifer like the fir trees we find around here, but under magnification the cell structure looks more complicated and I'm uncertain as to the true species. It has the wavy ray structure between each clearly visible growth ring that reminds me of juniper or spruce. What I can tell you is that it's beautiful and very well prepared so you end up with a world class specimen for your own collection and study! This round is complete and virtually flawless. It was sliced from the center of a log, and is preserved in natural, rich wood tone colors with a few hints of red for a nice accent. The heart is nicely centered in this round - a great collector piece! The polish is world class - just what you've come to expect when you buy from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary! This piece measures about 8 5/8" x 5" across the polished face and is a maximum of about 1.2" thick. Weight is 1.84 lbs. Stands sold separately.
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