This is is one of the largest and most perfectly shaped petrified conifer rounds I've ever had the opportunity to offer from our planet's smallest continent! Only eBay's Original Rockshop can provide top quality specimens with our uniquely perfect polish to reveal all this gemmy beauty so flawlessly! 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 flawless 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'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" at the widest point across the polished face and is about 0.48" thick. Weighs 1.54 lbs. Stands sold separately. Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary is happily providing UPS shipping to greatly reduce shipping charges on large rock orders. We will combine all of your purchases from our shop to bring you the greatest possible value in fine Lapidary & stone collectibles!