The color in this incredible petrified wood fossil simply has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated! This gorgeous, 100% naturally colored gem fossil features more subtle violet, red and orange tones than any I've seen from Madagascar in years - or any other petrified forest for that matter! This is a large slab at just under 11" wide and it is a virtually perfect specimen from one of the most amazing Madagascar logs I've ever seen! Most of the detail in a larger piece like this is lost in the photo because there simply aren't enough pixels on the screen to capture the details. In person however, the wood grain structure, color, and crystal inclusions are truly breath taking. This log was one I imported directly from Madagascar a couple of years ago and I've just finished cutting and polishing it. They are turning out even better than I'd hoped! These are true museum pieces and you just can't beat the price for a brilliantly polished, flawless and ancient piece of natural art this size! The breccia pattern that fills virtually the entire slab is simply mind boggling. The mosaic of color found in the breccia is limited only by your vocabulary as I swear you can see every shade that would ever be seen in the most glorious fall display in this stone! The rich color and mirror perfect finish in this exceptionally preserved specimen are going to have to be seen to be believed!One of the largest and most productive petrified forests on the planet is on the huge island of Madagascar off the southern African coast. While many have seen the bland and lifeless specimens that are most typically found in this huge deposit, few have had the opportunity to see the top grade, colorful gem fossils that are occasionally unearthed there. Fewer still get to see them properly prepared with a mirror finish to reveal all of the rich fossil wood grain and color! Even the rind on this log is amazing, offering up a perfectly contrasting sandy texture that still looks like a log today. A couple of years ago we located a new source of logs that have produced some truly museum grade specimens and this stunning monster is definitely one of them! The green color alone makes it a collector piece - but add in all the other features in this nearly flawless specimen and you can see why I was so excited to have found the log! They truly do not get much better than this folks, no matter what forest you're looking at!
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 from this increasingly important deposit yet in your own collection, this is your chance.
This is a complete round cut from the center of a nice sized log. It shows the distinct (and uncommon to see so well in logs from this location) honeycomb grain structure of modern conifers (no resin canals visible) which makes it related to modern fir and sequoia (it's probably araucaria). This stone has been professionally polished on our own custom built lap that produces a flat face and a mirror perfect shine. It is a full slab cut from the center of the log. The polish really is liquid perfect - a difference in the quality products Sticks-in-Stones has built its reputation on!
It's also a nice to display size with enough presence to be a center piece on a wall - it measures about 10 3/4" x 9 1/4" across the mirror polished face and is cut about 0.76" thick. Weight is about 5.32 lbs.
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