This beautifully colored petrified wood slab is just incredible at first glance and only gets more intriguing the more you study it! We cut this beautiful piece from one of our most recent imported fossil logs and it is every bit as spectacular as it appears in the photo! It's a thicker than standard cut for a slab this size at roughly 0.77" thick. There is something VERY unusual going on with the growth structure of this fossil tree, even to the naked eye. Look at it under magnification and it gets even stranger. The wood structure appears to grow in several different orientations and directions. Part of me suspects this is somehow related to some of the Rhexoxylon found in Madagascar but I suspect it's more complex than that. Intriguingly, the color in this specimen is reminiscent of the color pattern of the very first R. africanus that I cut several years ago which suggests that the region this log was discovered in hosted some interesting and less commonly seen exotics. It's entirely possible that this is actually something as yet undescribed in the scientific literature. I considered whether it might actually be some form of unusual decay that could have accounted for the structure, but there's simply too much of it and it's all well preserved leaving little room for something to have rotted and fallen in from another part of the log (as is sometimes seen in Hampton Butte casts for example). Everyplace I look in the face of this stone under magnification is finely detailed conifer growth structure, it just all seems to be going in different directions! This is a larger sized and very attractive, virtually perfect round cut from the center of a choice petrified wood log from Madagascar. 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. Our polished slab are prepared with a mirror finish unmatched by any of the import specimens you typically find offered on eBay! Color like this is hard to find and when finished properly, these petrified wood slices become one of the most beautiful natural displays you'll ever lay your eyes on!! A gorgeous collectible fossil Araucaria specimen and one of the best from the log, so don't miss it!
One of the largest and most productive petrified forests on the planet is on the huge island of Madagascar off the southern African coast. While many have seen the bland and lifeless specimens that are most typically found in this huge deposit, few have had the opportunity to see the top grade, colorful gem fossils that are occasionally unearthed there. Fewer still get to see them properly prepared with a mirror finish to reveal all of the rich fossil wood grain and color! Even the rind on this log is amazing, offering up a perfectly contrasting sandy texture that still looks like a log today. Last year we located a new source of logs that have produced some truly museum grade specimens and this stunning monster is definitely one of them! The material was so good in fact that I travelled halfway around the world to be able to select the best pieces this particular forest had to offer! The color alone makes it a collector piece - but add in all the other features in this nearly flawless specimen and you can see why I was so excited to have found the log! They truly do not get much better than this folks, no matter what forest you're looking at!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 from 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 makes it related to modern fir and sequoia (but as noted above, who knows what this one really is). This stone has been professionally polished on our own custom built 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 9 3/4" x 8 7/8" in diameter. It's cut about 0.56" thick. Weight is 3.22 lbs.
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