The color in this piece is so brilliant that my camera struggled not to meltdown in the direct sunlight with all of those bold rusty reds, yellows, purples and peach hues! This large and beautiful piece of gem fossil wood is cut from one of the most colorful Arizona rainbow petrified wood logs to work its way through the rockshop production line this year! I do manage to stumble into a choice piece every now and then and this stunning specimen certainly is one of the prettiest larger sized rounds I've handled in recent years. The stone was pricey, but it had such dramatic colors in a nice displayable size that I couldn't pass it up! This log produced some of the finest and visually captivating Arizona Rainbow specimens you'll find with truly remarkable natural color. It's the kind of specimens that explains how this wood earned its name! It really looks like a rainbow went through a galactic explosion to produce this unimaginable color! The log is very nicely agatized and took a magnificent polish in our world class lapidary shop to bring all of that amazing color to life as only the best grades of petrified wood can. This looks to be an Araucaria (an ancient conifer). The deep red, orange, purple and yellow combine with the ancient wood grain to make a stunning display piece! We don't offer it often - but when we do you know it's a great piece!!
I don't often get top grade examples of petrified wood from Arizona and what I do see is usually table top size and not very easy for a collector to display. This particular log is an exception to both rules. I didn't find it, but I sure wish I had! It's one of the better preserved medium sized petrified wood logs I've seen from that state and deserves a place in your collection as well. Most of the petrified logs found in this particular area are Araucaria, and the structure in this one is consistent with those. The cell structure of most of these super old conifer like trees are very difficult to separate just in cross section no matter how well defined they are and this one is no exception.If you're new to our shop the one thing you should expect is to see an unexpectedly glossy finish on each stone we prepare. This complete round is a wonderful example of the best lapidary work you'll find. It's been cut with a diamond saw and flat lapped on equipment I built myself to produce a mirror perfect polish unmatched by any of our many would-be imitators. The detail captured and revealed through the highly polished surface is just immaculate. It's easily some of the best fossil wood to be found anywhere! The rings are gorgeous, the agate is highly polished and the detail is easier to see in person than the photo suggests. It's a truly special find and we won't likely have a lot more so get a piece for your collection while it's available!
This is a choice slab from the center of the log and measures about 14 3/4" x 10 1/4" across the polished face. It is cut about 3/4" thick. Weight is 7.72 lbs.