Petrified Wood Mantel Piece
This stunning mantel piece has a rare full range of petrified "rainbow" colors. This slice of a once magnificent tree has been polished to a mirror finish to where one can really appreciate the beauty of petrified wood. Look into millions of years of earth's evolving history recorded in this one piece. Please notice the "rainbow" color represented by the mineral content. We invite you to "touch" the bark of this tree now turned to stone. An excellent décor choice for your mantel, desk or niche.
Petrified Wood from Arizona is a fossil that is roughly 200-million years old. It was formed when an ancient tree fell, was covered by sediment and was thereby protected from decay due to a lack of oxygen to feed the organisms that ordinarily would decompose the plant matter. Then, a groundwater solution rich in dissolved solids filled the plant material replacing the soft tissues with silica. One may not realize that the petrified wood is a fossil until they hold it and feel how heavy it is.
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Petrified Wood Mantel Piece:
PPW: 703 * Please ask for a picture from our Sedona Location for the exact piece.
Size: 12" x 16" X 3" Weight SOLID: 34 LBS.
Some petrified wood facts you might find interesting:
1. Arizona Petrified Wood is primarily composed of quartz based semiprecious stones known more generally as onyx, jasper and chalcedony.
2. Petrified “Rainbow” Wood is Arizona’s State Fossil
3. These very old tree fossils hail from the Triassic Era (225-180 mya)
4. The scientific name is named after Arizona - Araucarioxylon Arizonicum
5. Touchstone features many examples with natural bark preserved around the entire outer edge.
6. Each retail specimen has been cut and polished by an expert artisan with expensive diamond encrusted lapidary tooling.
7. Our specimens were collected from a few private ranches in the general area of Holbrook, Arizona.
8. Specimens with the most vibrant colored PW specimens found underground, not exposed to elements and erosion. The colors themselves are caused by trace amounts of minerals, often metal ions. For example, red is most often caused by iron ions and greens come from copper or chromium.