Sis: Small Unusual Emerald Green Mystery African Petrified Wood Round Ultra-rare
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Sis: Small Unusual Emerald Green Mystery African Petrified Wood Round Ultra-rare:
This is a particularly unusualfossil that has me stumped.The green shades in this one are arguably more intensely beautiful than any I'vepreviously cut from this location but the species is a complete mystery.This smaller fossil slab is a deep rich emeraldto minty green that preserved the conifer like structure very well withinthe inner portion. Structure is less visible in the gold shaded center area and I suspect it is mineralized sediments that framed what appear to be a lobed growth structure in the original trunk. The pith appears to have been hollow though it is difficult to be certain. The structure is well preserved inall of the greenareas, but the piece is beyond my identification skills. It appears to show the conifer like honeycomb structure and I'm not finding the pronounced, regular raysI would expect to see in theWoodworthia found in nearby areas.While the species is an alluring mystery, the real appeal is in the unprecedented color. You could collect for a lifetime and not see anything like this again! Thisrichlypatterned and coloredround ispolished on BOTH SIDES with our trademark finish - it looks like it's wet and the color is much better in person than in the photo!These are not large but they aretrue museum pieces and not something I expect to see again.
Last year I had the chance to purchase a strange looking smaller log that had an unusual,dark patina over the entire exterior. One small chip revealed a dark green color that was unlike anything I'd seen before so I decided to buy it and cut it. The shockingly rich green colors dominated, but there were innumerable other shades in each one. It was pure chance that the fellow who ran into the log ran into my importer friend or it would probably have been tumbled or sold as tourist trinkets. He's certain there will be no further deep pit excavating going on where the log was found and that what he had is all there will be of this incredibly colorful log. I had to pay a premium for the log, but after cutting it I'm glad I stuck with it. He knew what he had was unique and none of us would likely ever see it again.Despite the insanely high cost, I didn't really have to think twice about it. I've been collecting for over 20 years now and I knew what I was looking at was truly special, but it wasn't until I cut it that I felt like I'd really discoveredburied treasure!!
I did my best to ID this one, but other than "a really old conifer like tree" I'm not sure what I can say with certainty. I'll stay in touch with other collectors who pick one up and if anyone gets a better identification I'll certainly share it. This one is as interesting as it is beautiful!
Zimbabwe, Africa, has been producing some fine petrified wood specimens for years. The wood is typically green, brown and black and exceptionally well preserved on the exterior but never this rich combination of mint and emerald green shades. The interiorpreservation and micro-structure in these slabs is the best I've ever seen from the area aside from the prolific Woodworthia most often seen from the region.In this case the amazing color is simply beyond words and must be seen in person to really appreciate it. This log is very highly agatized and once properlycut, ground and polishedin our shop it took a magnificent wet looking polish! Many have little fortification agate patterns right in the gemmy fossil face - it's just breathtaking! If the timeless mystery of this piece isn't enough for you, then I'm certain the colorful, natural, gemmy beauty of it will be. The colors are intense and unmatched by any location I've ever seen,and the wood grain is unique to this exotic species.
This round is cut from thecenter of a very solid 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 smaller piece measures about 3 1/2"at the widest point across the mirror polished face and is cut0.32" thick. Weight is 0.20 lbs.
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