This is some of the most interesting and most beautiful petrified wood I've come across in years! This is one of our most "wood like" and impressive sets of Petrified Wood bookends and it is easily one of the most stunning natural displays I've seen in a long time. If you could see the natural treasures I'm surrounded with in the shop every day you'd know what a marvelous thing that is! This particular set is a very high grade of very gemmy agate that has preserved an ancient sequoia tree from the Sweet Home petrified forest in Oregon. It is an unusual piece cut to present with beautiful cavities that look like caves in stone that took a magnificent polish. The wood itself is a petrified conifer tree and the cell structure is still perfectly preserved, even to the naked eye! The squiggly kinks in the growth rings of this conifer and lack of resin canals suggest that this is an ancient sequoia tree, and the transformation to a gemstone preserving these fine details borders on miraculous. The polish that this fossil gemstone achieved really is amazing. It doesn't get any better folks! Easily one of the finest sets of petrified wood bookends you're likely to see this year! This gorgeous set of bookends is cut from one of my favorite varieties of petrified wood. This fossilized hardwood came from the famed Sweet Home, Oregon, petrified forest. This tree was pine before it was petrified. It's a petrified conifer with visible resin canals and exceptional growth ring preservation in a rich gold and chocolate brown agate with a sandy cream colored rind and lots of other accent colors. This particular dig has some of the best petrified wood in the entire state and is often some of the best agatized wood. It looks porous between some of the growth rings, yet the wood is so well agatized overall that it takes a gorgeous, lustrous polish that only the best grades of petrified wood can achieve. It's a unique combination of "ancient" and "gemmy" unlike any other petrified wood we've cut! We select only the showiest pieces of petrified wood and other gemstones to cut into bookends. These pieces are carefully cut in our shop so that you end up with a perfectly matched pair, one agate piece is the mirror image of the other. Of course, there are plenty of differences in the two halves, but the photo should let you appreciate how well we do this. The bookends sit perfectly upright and are completely square to one another. They are felted on both the sides and bottom to protect the books and the shelf. We make sure they are 100%25 functional on top of being beautiful! Of course, these agates proudly show the perfect polish that the Sticks-in-Stones rockshop has dedicated itself to. The finish looks poured on - but there's nothing there except rock!! This is the only set of bookends we have cut from this location so don't miss this fabulous natural treasure! This is a large sized set. Each half measures about 8 3/4" tall & 4" wide at the widest spot on the polished face. They're cut about 1 3/4" thick. Weight for this set is about 7.64 lbs. which makes these bookends suitable for just about any sized book you have including the typical sized text book or cook books. What better way to accentuate a bookshelf or your mantle than with this unbelievable natural work of art! Good luck! Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary is happily providing UPS & USPS shipping to greatly reduce shipping charges on large rock orders. We will combine auction items or provide additional items from our shop to bring you the greatest possible value in fine Lapidary & stone collectibles!