Somewhere in SW Wyoming there is a long desolate canyon called 18 Mile Canyon. An old rockhound exploring the area stumbled on this short petrified log several decades ago and it is only recently that it was cut to reveal the mystery hidden inside. The log is preserved in a very high contrast black agate that shows the growth structure clearly to the naked eye. The camera over-exposed a bit on this one - the hatchwork of breccia-like lines is not quite as bright as the camera made them out, but still plenty visible. The species is not quite like anything in my reference books and certainly not like other logs I've seen from this part of the state, leaving me at a loss to even attempt a guess. It's a larger diameter round that took a nice polish to really bring both the dark agate and the beautiful growth structure to life. A wonderful specimen prepared right and ready to fascinate!
This is one of only a small handful of slabs that this amazing log produced. The gentleman that found it came across it decades ago and has had it sitting in his flower bed all these years since. I knew it would be special when it was cut, but had no idea it would be this dramatic! This is a center cut from a short log that has a really appealing, antiquated shape and nice wood grain. The stone really is much better than the photo can convey in this case - The black agate is deep and lustrous and polished to a beautiful finish. I've seen some interesting species of fossil wood in the various SW Wyoming deposits of petrified wood, but I have never seen anything under the microscope that looked quite like this! It's a real mystery that I haven't unravelled but you might enjoy puzzling over as well! The picture doesn't come close to doing it justice, I promise! I guarantee the owner of this exceptional specimen will be equally amazed and mystified!
This complete round cross section specimen is a wonderful example of the flowing wood grain visible in this species. It's been cut with a diamond saw and flat lapped to produce a mirror perfect polish. The detail and color captured and revealed through the highly polished surface are just immaculate. It's easily some of the best fossil wood to be found anywhere! The rays 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 slab from the center of the log and measures about 7" across the polished face and is cut approximately 0.38" thick. Weight is 0.92 lbs.
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