I have a new mystery that has stumped me to share with my fellow wood collectors. This is a really beautiful and incredibly well agatized (down right glassy!) petrified wood round found in the ancient caldera near McDermitt, Oregon. It's richly colored with a complex and flowing wood grain that is easily visible to the naked eye. But under magnification, I can't tell what it is! It's quite possibly another of the vesseless dicots, but to make the mystery all that much more obscure, the round is speckled with white mineral inclusions that I suspect were actually salt crystals of some form that formed in the log before it petrified. The stone polished beautifully and features our signature mirror finish to really show off this ancient mysterious fossil gemstone. These features combine to make a truly unique and beautiful petrified wood collector piece that will provide the new owner with a wonderful mystery to unravel!
NOTE: Second photo is taken from a mate cut slab from the same log. It's included to show edge detail and finish quality which are virtually identical in this piece but difficult to capture in a photo.
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 near the town of McDermitt. It's a beautiful cross section with an interesting shape and gorgeous color combination. The heart is well centered and the rings are are fine and tight, but easily visible to the naked eye. The cell detail is excellent and it's definitely a hardwood of some type. I'm not exactly certain on this one as it doesn't quite match any of my reference materials. It's a choice 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 rich coffee and cream (classic McDermitt colors) agate that preserved the wood grain beautifully in every detail! It would be hard to find a more interesting, better agatized, complete round in this size range to add to your collection (I'm keeping one of these in mine). This excellent round comes from one of Oregon's premier petrified wood deposits known to collectors the world over. If you don't have a specimen from this area, this would be a dandy to get you acquainted!! It's cut from the center of a nicely shaped log that allows you to see the medullary rays and other cell features with your naked eye (although it takes good eye sight to see fibers that small). This specimen has been carefully polished to show off all the gemmy detail inside. It took a beautiful polish and has just a few hints of red in some of the cells (probably from the nearby cinnabar deposits)! It's another one of those beautiful fossil treasures that some happy Sticks-in-Stones customer is going to flip over! This round measures 11 1/2" x 9 1/8" in width and is cut approx. 1.03" thick. Weight is 6.82 lbs. Display stand shown is sold separately. A nice, unique naturally wonderful stone collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary - The best resource for petrified wood collectors on eBay!