The high contrast natural shades in this ancient fossil tree are among the most striking displays you'll see in Madagascar petrified wood. The color in the outer portion includes subtle green hues that are always highly sought after (and quite rare) in petrified wood! The wood structure combines with very gemmy agate to produce a true work of natural art that took an almost unbelievably glass like polish. The wood preservation in this log is particularly appealing and appears to show the earliest stages of decay in some regions which produced a lattice of agate & crystal filled cavities for a particularly beautiful presentation! This is a medium sized and very attractive, virtually perfect round cut from the center of a choice petrified wood log from Madagascar! The slab is slightly taper cut as it was the first cut from the end of the log and still features the imported finish on the back (thicker on the top edge as shown in first photo). The contrast between the display side we finished and the imported finish says more than words ever can about the stones we produce in our shop! Many have seen the bland, lifeless specimens from this remote island nation, but you haven't really seen what the other side of the world can produce until you've seen one of the specimens we've prepared in our shop with a mirror finish unmatched by any petrified wood you've ever seen before! Color like this is hard to find and when finished properly provides one of the most beautiful natural displays you've ever laid eyes on!! A gorgeous collectible fossil Araucaria specimen and one of the best from the log, so don't miss it!
We purchased some new logs a few years ago from a new miner at the wholesale shows and I'm really excited by the wonderful color in these nicely preserved specimens! The color variations preserved in the wood grain are unmatched by any log I've cut from this forest and that starburst wood grain looks like a celestial wonder! 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 nice, larger logs we obtained this year in Tucson. I met a new miner this year that brought some petrified logs in from this distant island nation and what he had was by far the best I'd seen in many, many years. Very nice, brilliantly colored logs hand selected for wood structure and eye appeal. I bought several and couldn't wait to start cutting. This log is the first in the series and the color really is remarkable!
In this case, I cut a medium sized, short log to produce some of the nicest Madagascar rounds I've ever seen! Since I'm the one that cut it, I was able to apply some of the craftsmanship I've learned over the years to avoid 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 neutral interior is nicely accented with a huge variety of colors all swirled with other natural tones that preserved the fibrous wood cell structure from this ancient tree fossil very well. The heart is clearly visible and there are several crystal filled cavities that penetrate the surface. It's a striking Madagascar wood round sure to enhance 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 perfect round cut from the center of a nice, collectible sized log. This stone has been professionally polished on a special lap that produces a flat face and a mirror perfect shine. It is a perfect 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 9" x 6 1/2" in diameter. It's cut about 0.45" thick. Weight is 1.72 lbs.
A nice, unique naturally wonderful stone collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary - eBay's Original Rockshop!