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~ petrified wood cab ~

Offered here is a PRIMO cabochon of petrified wood, an unsual and rare form from Hell's Canyon near the Idaho/Oregon border. (Read more about it on my blog.) The species is said to be sequoia, showing fascinating wavy annual growth lines in a herringbone pattern. This example has great contrasting lines, as well as an amazing pattern of tiny holes, some of which are lined with translucent quartz, agate, or (common) opal. Some are filled solid, while others have a tiny hole pentrating through to the backside. They look like tiny geodes, and indeed, many of the agate inclusions show fortifications. Be sure to click to enlarge the photos to see the details. I'm no expert on pet wood, but this material must be opalized to some degree, and it certainly is GORGEOUS! Reminds me of howardite, what do you think? This cab has a rounded dome of nearly 6mm, a crisp triangular designer shape, and a slick glassy polish both front and back.

Size: 40x22mm
Weight: approximately 29 carats

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