TRULY GORGEOUS 5"+ Australian Petrified Wood Round - Amazing Color and Wood Grain!

Regular price $67.00

You are looking at one of the most beautiful, perfect and complete full round slabs of petrified wood I've ever seen from the Australian petrified forests. Pieces in this kind of flawless condition are very hard to come by. We are always pleased to be able to provide top quality specimens like this featuring our uniquely perfect polish to reveal all this gemmy beauty so flawlessly! This magnificent specimen was cut from a short fossil conifer log I was fortunate to find at the Denver rock show over 2 decades ago. The color, shape and wood grain are among the best I've ever handled and to find something like this in a full round this large is beyond what anyone could hope when trudging off to these events. I've not seen its equal since in terms of dense color in a smaller sized round. The wood grain in this very gemmy, highly agatized specimen is simply unbelievable - it is a truly mirror perfect cross section view into one of the cleanest trunks I've personally seen from this Australian petrified forest! If you've never seen our polished petrified wood, this would be an excellent piece to introduce you to the truly amazing possibilities of finely crafted lapidary arts. It's really nothing like what you see at the typical rock show or kicking around in nature stores. The structure appears to be a conifer with strong rays but could actually be something more complex in the fossil record. This is really a fantastic, easy to display sized, museum grade specimen from this distant petrified forest and among the finest I've ever seen from Australia! It would make a grand centerpiece in any collection. And of course, you know we've polished this premium specimen to an absolute mirror finish!

The petrified wood in Australia almost looks like it could come from the Pacific Northwest - which is saying a lot! The logs are typically water worn and smooth, but preserved in an exceptional high grade agate. The wood reminds me a lot of the petrified driftwood specimens we find here at the Rogers Mountain dig in Oregon, but the Australian logs have better wood grain and often have the heart of the log still preserved perfectly in the specimen (Rogers Mountain is usually just chunks of driftwood without the heart). The agatization is some of the best I've seen in petrified wood from any location. It takes a fantastic polish which really brings out every detail in the finely patterned growth rings and even the cell structure is easily visible under a hand lens. At first glance, this wood appears to be a conifer like the fir trees we find around here, but under magnification the cell structure looks more complicated and I'm uncertain as to the true species. It has the wavy ray structure between each clearly visible growth ring that reminds me of juniper or spruce. What I can tell you is that it's beautiful and very well prepared so you end up with a world class specimen for your own collection and study!

This round is complete and virtually flawless. It is flawless in every meaningful way. The heart is nicely centered in this round - a great collector piece! The polish is world class - just what you've come to expect when you buy from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary!

This mirror polished slab measures about 5 1/2” x 4 3/4” wide across the polished face and is sliced about 0.42” thick. It weighs about 0.74 lb. Display stands sold separately.

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