This large and colorful slab has one of the most unique color patterns I've ever seen from this incredible petrified forest! The color in this magnificent specimen simply has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated - it looks as if the pattern were created by a tie dye artist! It clearly shows where Arizona "rainbow" wood gets its fanciful name! I would never have guessed from the desert patina that coated this log before cutting that such a remarkable and unprecedented color pattern would be hidden inside! This fossil log produced some of the finest and most visually captivating Arizona Rainbow specimens you'll find with such truly beautiful and 100% natural color. It's the kind of specimen that explains how this wood earned its name! The log is very nicely agatized and took a magnificent polish 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 pastel 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 thick slab from the center of the log and measures about 16 1/2" x 12 3/8" across the polished face. It is cut approx 3/4" thick. Weight is 10.36 lbs.
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