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Petrified Wood Hells Canyon Cabochon Hand cut PWHC18

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18.75cts. 31.3mm. x 16.2mm. x 6.3mm.

This sweet triangle of hand cut hells canyon is a superb cabochon

Hells canyon is at the very top of the list on deepest gorges on Earth over ten thousand feet in places. Naturally that makes any engineer worth his texas instruments scientific calculator gets nervous at the possibilty of damn dam projects in such an environ. Alas Hells canon was caught in this too much know how too little know why attitude back in the early 60's
Fortunately some stout hearted rockhound couple went deep into the wilderness there and found the source of this stunning herringbone pattern opalized sequoia wood. Over the time they had they got a few tons out. before those damn dams dammed the damned gorge (it was damned being hells canyon and all)
There is a thousand feet of water over the source now.
The source of this got it at an estate sale from the founders or close to them.
Its spendy as all get out, but the patterns and subtle Earth colors are spellbinding.
Some of the old dry rot pits are completely filled with opal, others are still open, as they were in the original wood. though now often with a micro drusy coating.
I got a few slabs of this so hope to have more soon.
This one gets into the extreme nature of the herringbone pattern.
I need to research whether that is a part of the ancient grain structure or a product of the mineral replacement.

reduced from 46 to 37.

Petrified Wood Hells Canyon Cabochon Hand cut PWHC18


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