SiS: PERFECT 3.3 lb. Petrified Wood Log - DRAMATIC African WOODWORTHIA!

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller rockshop (10,834) 100%, Location: Beaverton, Oregon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382258679606 We are back from our summer travels and have been busy prepping some amazing stones in the shop since our return! This finely preserved log is one of the nicest, best preserved and finely detailed of the Zimbabwe Woodworthia specimens I've had the chance to work on! This is a medium sized log from one of the small spine varieties of these fossils. The rays are much finer in the polished cross section of this hefty log and the sides show a very different presentation from the large spine variety. This one is a perfectly shaped section from a slightly smaller than average sized trunk with a very beautiful combination of color revealed in the cut and highly polished face. It's almost an army green color and it is exceptionally silicified making it both very finely preserved and easy to coax a mirror finish from. The growth structure really stands out in the mirror polished face of this uniquely colored specimen, but the exterior is what makes this species so fascinating! The husk is studded with various sized and shaped scars around the entire perimeter of the trunk. It's almost unfathomable how much time has passed since this stone was a tree, but it's story is there for you to hold in your hand now millions of years later! It's a truly fascinating true work of natural art! The finely detailed annual rings are pierced by the bold rays to form one of the prettiest and most striking fossil formations you'll ever see in petrified wood. This one has dark, highly agatized wood with strong rays and bold rings - it represents some of the gemmiest wood available from this forest in a very dense, heavy, fossil gemstone log. One of my all time favorites in a wonderful collector size specimen! This log still has the stellar rays emanating through the entire round from the spike knots this wood is identified from. In the last couple of years I've started seeing some really fascinating petrified wood coming into the US at the big import shows from Zimbabwe, Africa! The wood is typically green, brown and black and exceptionally well preserved on the exterior. The interior reminds me of a lot of the Utah wood in detail (i.e. it's hit and miss) but the best pieces show beautiful spike knots leading up to the spine bases that coat the exterior logs. You'd recognize these specimens anywhere as the logs are consistently the same colors inside and out, and the exterior is coated with an unmistakable pattern of spine scars. The wood grain itself varies in quality, but the best of these pieces show spike knots in cross section (they look like rays coming from the center of the log) and a good cut will show several of them. This wood is quite unique and really a much more interesting fossil than most of the woodworthia we get here in the US. The green color is something you have to see in person to understand - it's not really comparable to any other petrified wood and it's difficult to get a representative photograph that really does the color justice. The wood has a reasonably high silica content so we're able to coax a nice polish out of the specimen. This is one of the few complete rounds I was able to locate that really took a nice polish. If the timeless mystery of this piece isn't enough for you, then I'm certain the simple, natural, gemmy beauty of it will be. The colors are dark and subtle, and the wood grain is unique to this exotic species. This is a full, complete section from a whole log. It's really a nice piece, but what else would you expect from a business named "Sticks-in-Stones"?! We've applied all of our considerable lapidary skills to bring out a mirror finish and produce a specimen worthy of display in your own collection. This piece measures about 2 3/4" across the polished face and is about 7 1/2" long. Weight is 3.32 lbs. Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary is happy to work with you to save shipping costs. We will combine auction items, store items, or provide additional items from our shop to bring you the greatest possible value in fine lapidary & stone collectibles! Condition: New

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