This incredibly colorful, solid Arizona Rainbow wood specimen slab is one of the finest I've had the pleasure of working in my shop. I honestly can't recall ever seeing another slab with a crystal geode cavity in the center from the Rainbow forest like this one. There are crystal studs that line the entire crystal cavity - it's really quite beautiful! I liked this one enough that I polished both sides as they were quite distinct. I don't normally deal with Arizona petrified wood since decent logs are hard to come by from this forest this far north, but I had a chance to work a piece I purchased in an estate collection that had nice colors in a nice displayable size and couldn't pass it up! This slab is a full cross section from a smaller diameter log and the color pattern is as good as this wood gets! It is very nicely agatized and took a magnificent polish as only the best grades of petrified wood can. This looks to be an Araucaria (an ancient conifer) as most of the wood in this forest is!!
I don't often get top grade examples of petrified wood from Arizona and what I do see is usually table top size and not very easy for a collector to display. This particular log is an exception to both rules. I didn't find it, but I sure wish I had! It's one of the better preserved medium sized petrified wood logs I've seen from that state and deserves a place in your collection as well. I'm pretty sure most of the petrified logs found in this particular area are Araucaria, and the structure in this one is consistent with those. The cell structure of most of these super old conifer like trees are very difficult to separate just in cross section no matter how well defined they are and this one is no exception.
If you're new to our shop the one thing you should expect is to see an unexpectedly glossy finish on each stone we prepare. This complete round is a wonderful example of the best lapidary work you'll find. It's been cut with a diamond saw and flat lapped on equipment I built myself to produce a mirror perfect polish unmatched by any of our many would-be imitators. The detail captured and revealed through the highly polished surface is just immaculate. It's easily some of the best Utah wood to be found anywhere! The rings are gorgeous, the agate is highly polished and the detail is easier to see in person than the photo suggests. It's a truly special find and we won't likely have a lot more so get a piece for your collection while it's available!
This is a gorgeous slab from the center of the log and measures about 6 1/2" across the widest point over the polished face. It is cut about 0.33" thick. Weight is 0.88 lbs.
A nice, unique natural wonder collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary!
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