SiS: ENORMOUS 1.8 lb. Polished Petrified Pinecone Specimen - TWO PIECE SET!

Regular price $749.00

This is the single largest fossil cone I have ever cut!  This amazing and extremely well preserved cone is very close to being an absolutely perfect example of the fossil species!  And at nearly 2 lbs, it's one of the largest we've ever seen!  You get both the large complete half and the end cut piece as a matched set.  The original cone was broken eons ago so the thinner cap piece has a weathered face on the back that also shows the seed pods.  The larger half shows the beehive like arrangement of the seeds and both faces reveal the natural artwork of scores of fossil seeds arranged in a glorious starburst of blue and black agate!   If you've wanted a true museum quality petrified cone for your own collection - here it is!  The external detail in the texture of the seed pod pattern is as fascinating and perfect as the gorgeous internal seed pod arrangement.  I'm quite certain that you are unlikely to ever see a larger more complete example, let alone one with such exquisite color!  This is a truly one of a kind example of the variety in an enormous size and the mirror polished faces really show off the seed pods in all of their glory!   

I'd seen a few of these around in years past, but the prices were always out of reach for this rockhound. Then several years later I found a fellow who had a selection of both whole and incomplete cones for a relatively reasonable price. I wasn't all that interested at first, until I looked closely and saw how many of them were wind polished - a good sign that the stone is very hard and has a high agate content! I wetted a few and saw a gorgeous blue agate pattern in the face of some of the weathered ones. That was enough for me to jump in buy them and boy am I glad I did!!  That was several years ago, and I still enjoy the chance to cut and polish one every now and then when I just want to work on something really special. 

The first cone I cut revealed a gorgeous, starburst pattern of dark coffee and black colored plant structure with the spaces between the seed pods and the seed pods themselves filled with a gorgeous blue agate that reminds me of the Blue Forest petrified wood we've enjoyed for years. You can see all the detail of this prehistoric cone in a shape and pattern that is unmatched by anything I'd ever seen before.

These lovely cones come from Argentina. The cones are "Araucaria elongata" or more commonly, giant monkey puzzle tree cones from Cerro Cuadrado, Patagonia, Argentina. They are from the Jurassic age. (Thanks paleodon!) When cut in cross section they are beautiful, well preserved and exceptional lapidary/fossil specimens. If you haven't purchased from us before you'll be in for another treat - while many commercial lapidaries will tell you how great their polishing skills are, we invite you to look at the hundreds of comments in our feedback file where many of the collectors here on eBay explain that it's the unique high quality specimens and spectacular, liquid perfect polish that has them coming back to Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary to grow their collections!

This is a complete cone half cut from the larger end of an uncommonly large sized cone and it is a virtually flawless example of what can come from this region. The weathered diamond pattern on the exterior of the cone reminds me of the way cycads grow. 

This cone faces measure about 3 3/4" across.  The larger cone is about 2.7" long while the smaller side is about 0.86 maximum thickness.  Weight for the pair of pieces is about 1.82 lbs. 

This exceptional cone is intricately preserved and shows the seed pods very clearly - they simply don't get any better than this! 

A nice, unique naturally wonderful stone collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary - eBay's Original Rockshop!