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~ Hells Canyon petrified wood cab ~

Offered here is an interesting 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 a fascinating herringbone pattern, cut to make it resemble a deep V chevron. Great contrasting lines, each representing a year's seasonal growth in the once-living tree. It also has an awesome pattern of various sized holes going roughly down the center, lined with translucent milky or clear agate, or (common) opal. Only the smallest holes are filled solid, while a few others go clear through to the backside. They look a lot like tiny geodes, complete with fortifications, in a wild array of whimsical shapes. Be sure to click to enlarge the photos to see the details. I'm no expert on pet wood, but this material seems opalized, and it certainly is GORGEOUS! This cab has a well rounded dome of 6mm, a crisp designer 'spear' shape, and a slick glassy polish both front and back.

Size: 54x16mm
Weight: approximately 33 carats

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