Here's the latest slab from those amazing petrified Araucaria trees we've been cutting from the Madagascar logs we imported a couple of years ago. This is one of the most unique and beautiful color patterns I've seen yet in these gorgeous, high quality petrified logs! This one features a flowing wavy band of green color swirled past open drusy crystals cavities and a high agate content that really takes a lovely polish. This piece is polished to a mirror finish right here in our Oregon based shop to reveal both the wood growth structure of this ancient Araucaria tree as well as the absolutely breathtaking color that the fossil wood is preserved with. Wonderful wood structure, nice shape, gorgeous color and great agate. It's a true collector piece and with our mirror perfect, wet looking polish it will show proudly whether in your collection, in your den, office or living room.This gorgeous, absolutely choice petrified wood round is the latest in a series of really nice, very colorful rounds that we've cut from some incredibly high quality logs we obtained last year in Tucson. This round isn't the typical Pacific Northwest treasure that we specialize in - rather this one came from halfway around the world from the island nation of Madagascar! I met some new miners from Madagascar in Tucson a few years ago that were still unpacking their trailer when I bumped into them. While I'd seen the occasional colorful piece of wood amongst the more typical bland earth toned specimens typically representing the fossil wood found on this island, I'd never seen logs that looked quite like the large pieces these fellows were unloading from their truck. I was amazed (and very happy) to see several really colorful logs that seemed to be uncommonly solid and well agatized as well. I've learned that petrified wood this colorful isn't something to take for granted, and my early impression of the gem potential these ancient fossils held was dwarfed by what I actually saw when I cut the first one! I purchased several nice logs and have been cutting and polishing the stone ever since. In this case, I carefully polished a slab from that shipment to produce some of the nicest mid-size Madagascar rounds I've seen yet! Since we cut and finished the raw material ourselves, we were able to apply some of the craftsmanship I've learned over the years to avoid and correct problems with flaked out fracture lines that are common in the imported specimens. I've also polished it to a much higher quality lustre than you find on the imported varieties. Even if you already have Madagascar wood in your collection, you owe it to yourself to see how nice these ancient treasures can be when properly prepared! This wood takes an extreme polish that looks just fabulous. It has a ton of detail and some of the nicest colors I've ever seen in petrified wood (and considering what we usually have on hand this is saying a lot). The stone is dominated by colors with an intensity and proportion that has been unequalled in the scores of Madagascar logs I'd previously cut before stumbling into this collection of colorful specimens. The heart is clearly visible as are other structural features of this ancient conifer. It's a striking Madagascar wood round sure to be the finest in virtually any collection! 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 form 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 suggests that it is most likely Araucaria, an ancient ancestor of today's evergreen conifers.
This stone has been professionally polished on a special lap that produces 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 measures about 11 3/4" x 9 1/2" across the mirror polished face. It's cut about 3/4" thick. Weight is 5.78 lbs.
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