This is a nicely shaped and beautifully patterned petrified wood round brought to life with an exceptional polish that we do right here in the Sticks in Stones rockshop! This is a virtually perfect example of a fossil Araucaria from Madagascar with only a small bit missing from the rind (near bottom of photo). The fossil forest that this tree comes from is roughly 200 million years old! It's one of the nicest, roundest, and most colorful pieces we have cut from this forest and it's in a wonderful smaller size that is still big enough to be loaded with amazing wood grain pattern, fossil structure and rich natural color! We have all seen the bland, lifeless specimens from this remote island nation that are dully finished and sold cheap, but you haven't really seen what the other side of the world can produce until you've seen one of the premium grade, colorful specimens we've prepared in our shop with a mirror finish unmatched by any petrified wood you've ever seen before! This gorgeous fossil beauty actually has some of the prettiest natural shades preserving the delicate fossil wood grain you'll see from this forest!! There's even a really nice knot that the blade intersected visible on the lower part of the slab as it sits in the photo.
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 imported directly from Madagascar a couple of years ago. I met a new miner several years back 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 - enough so that I travelled there myself to select several tons of the nicest cutting material I'd ever seen from this distant fossil forest. Very nice, brilliantly colored logs hand selected for wood structure and eye appeal are now producing world class collector specimens that we're preparing with the finest mirror finish you've ever seen on petrified wood. This slab is among the first produced from this log and the color really is remarkable!
In this case, I cut a medium sized, short log to produce some of the nicest Madagascar rounds you'll see! 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 starburst 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 some 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 nearly perfect round cut from the center of a nice sized log. This stone has been professionally polished on a special lap that produces a flat face and a mirror perfect shine. The polish really is liquid perfect - a difference in the quality products Sticks-in-Stones has built its reputation on!
It measures about 5 5/8" x 5 1/4" in diameter. It's cut about 0.36" thick. Weight is 0.74 lbs.
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