This is arguably the most bizarre fossil log I've cut yet from Madagascar. This entire log was encrusted in a red tinted sandstone that hid a truly unique gemstone inside! The stone is fairly porous and reveals filament like tube agate in some of the openings, but it also shows a perfectly preserved log in a rich blue/gray colored agate with yellow breccia accents of clear wood structure. It's really very unusual and beautiful all at the same time. These breccia patterned puzzles from time are some of the most beautiful and fascinating glimpses into the petrified tree trunks that nature creates. I'm not certain what the process is that allows this unique presentation to occur, but it is undeniably beautiful. The rich color and mirror perfect polish we've coaxed from this exceptionally preserved specimen are going to have to be seen to be believed, as is that incredible breccia!
One of the largest and most productive petrified forests on the planet is on the huge island of Madagascar off the southern African coast. While many have seen the bland and lifeless specimens that are most typically found in this huge deposit, few have had the opportunity to see the top grade, colorful gem fossils that are occasionally unearthed there. Fewer still get to see them properly prepared with a mirror finish to reveal all of the rich fossil wood grain and color! Even the rind on this log is amazing, offering up a perfectly contrasting sandy texture that still looks like a log today. This year we located a new source of logs that have produced some truly museum grade specimens and this stunning monster is definitely one of them! The green color alone makes it a collector piece - but add in all the other features in this nearly flawless specimen and you can see why I was so excited to have found the log! They truly do not get much better than this folks, no matter what forest you're looking at!
It's just amazing how beautiful petrified wood can be and this fine specimen found halfway around the world shows to what lengths people will go to bring these treasures to market! If you don't own a top grade piece from this increasingly important deposit yet in your own collection, this is your chance.
This is a complete round cut from the center of a nice sized log. It shows the distinct (and uncommon to see so well in logs from this location) honeycomb grain structure of modern conifers (no resin canals visible) which makes it related to modern fir and sequoia (it's probably Araucaria). This stone has been professionally polished on our own custom built laps that produce a flat face and a mirror perfect shine. It is a full slab cut from the center of the log. The polish really is liquid perfect - a difference in the quality products Sticks-in-Stones has built its reputation on!
It's also a nice to display size with enough presence to be a center piece on a wall - it measures about 8" x 7 1/2" across the mirror polished face and is cut 0.43" thick. Weight is about 1.16 lbs . Stands sold separately.
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