Note: Second photo taken from a mate cut slab but included to show edge detail and finish quality of this stone.
This round is from a larger log that still has the stellar rays emanating through the entire round from the spike knots this wood is identified from. A few years ago I was seeing some really fascinating petrified wood coming into the US at the big import shows from Zimbabwe, Africa, and I stocked up! The wood is typically army green, brown and black and exceptionally well preserved on the exterior. The interior reminds me of a lot of the Utah wood in detail (i.e. it's hit and miss) but the best pieces show beautiful spike knots leading up to the spine bases that coat the exterior logs. You'd recognize these specimens anywhere as the logs are consistently the same colors inside and out, and the exterior is coated with an unmistakable pattern of spine scars. The wood grain itself varies in quality, but the best of these pieces show spike knots in cross section (they look like rays coming from the center of the log) and a good cut will show several of them.
This is by far the single largest perfect specimen of this particular variety of petrified wood I have cut in years. It's a truly captivating fossil Woodworthia slab cut from a log that was intent on becoming a crystal geode! It is certainly one of the more intricately detailed and fascinating of the Zimbabwe, Africa, petrified Woodworthia specimens I've had the pleasure of offering in a couple of years! It's only the second log of this size I've seen come out of this amazing forest and the only one that had these fancy crystal lined geode cavities hidden inside. This one is very solid and highly agatized wood with strong rays and wood structure in the woody parts and sparkling crystal in the hollow cavities. It really took an amazing, mirror like polish! It had to have been an old tree which I think accounts for the rot pockets (now crystal filled caverns) in the cut face. It also represents one of the prettier pieces from this forest in addition to being one of the largest perfect specimen I've seen. One of my all time favorites in a wonderful display size specimen!
This wood is quite unique and really a much more interesting fossil than most of the Woodworthia we get here in the US. The green color is something you have to see in person to understand - it's not really comparable to any other petrified wood and it's difficult to get a representative photograph that really does the color justice. The wood has a reasonably high silica content so we're able to coax a nice polish out of the specimen.
This is one of the few large complete rounds I was able to locate and it really took a nice polish. If the timeless mystery of this piece isn't enough for you, then I'm certain the simple, natural, gemmy beauty of it will be. The colors are dark and subtle, and the wood grain is unique to this exotic species.
This round is cut from the center of a very solid log. It's really a nice piece, but what else would you expect from a business named "Sticks-in-Stones"?! We've applied all of our considerable lapidary skills to bring out a mirror finish and produce a specimen worthy of display in your own collection. You can also make out some of the spine scars on the edge of the slice.
This piece measures about 9 1/4" x 8" across the polished face and is cut about 0.43" thick. Weight is 2.10 lbs. Stands sold separately.
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