One of the finest examples of the most famous of the McDermitt hardwoods we've been able to offer from this location in ages! This exquisite petrified cherry wood slab is nearly a prefect shape and just look at that cell structure in our zoom view! This beautifully polished, full cross section specimen is really a treat for your eyes. The log had begun to decay and the cross section cut shows the rot cavity that formed among the growth rings. Only Sticks-in-Stones can offer specimens so perfectly polished that they can reveal both their aesthetic beauty and their fossils secrets so flawlessly! The structure visible under magnification in this very well preserved gemstone is simply remarkable as well.
This is a really beautiful specimen of the petrified wood found in a desolate sagebrush desert that spans over 100 square miles on the Oregon/Nevada border. It's a slice from a perfectly preserved hardwood, with absolutely gorgeous gem quality agate in warm, natural wood tones preserving this ancient fossil. The exterior is still ash white - colored by the ancient volcanic blast that buried this prehistoric forest. The inside, however, is a richly colored array of gem quality agate that preserved the wood grain beautifully in every detail! The cell structure from the growth rings in this attractive fossil specimen are amazingly well preserved all the way through the log. The rays and the cells in this excellent fossil are consistent with cherry. The pit that this log came from has produced some of the finest and most famous petrified cherry specimens prized by collectors for decades. The specimens from this particular dig (airport site) are easily recognized by the richer than average color spectrum and the nicely contrasting rind (even by other McDermitt dig standards).
A nice, unique naturally wonderful stone collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary.