This amazing and beautiful petrified wood slab comes from one of the most unique petrified logs I've ever cut! Despite being nearly 3/4" thick the central region of this highly agatized slab is translucent!! I've cut a lot of petrified wood over the last several decades but I can honestly say that I don't ever recall cutting a slab that was translucent when it was this thick! The color is just as unique in this agatized region. The glass like agate sits somewhere between gray and violet depending on the type of light and intensity. This is definitely one of the most unusual slabs I've produced and it is incredibly beautiful with a huge variety of color preserving the growth structure from this ancient conifer tree. it literally glows and it clearly shows where Arizona "rainbow" wood gets its fanciful name! The stone was pricey, but it had such dramatic colors in a nice displayable size that I couldn't pass it up! This log produced some of the finest and visually captivating Arizona Rainbow specimens you'll find with truly remarkable natural color. It's the kind of specimen our modest little shop has built its reputation in preparing to a mirror finish to share with collectors and nature lovers the world over! The log is very nicely agatized and took a magnificent polish to bring all of that amazing color to life as only the best grades of petrified wood can. This looks to be an Araucaria (an ancient conifer). The color and the agate combine with the ancient wood grain to make a stunning display piece! We don't offer it often - but when we do you know it's a great piece!!
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. 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 fossil 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 thick slab from the center of the log and measures about 19 1/8" x 11 1/2" across the polished face. It is cut at approx 3/4" thick. Weight is about 12.46 lbs.