Petrified Palm Root with Chalcedony (rare)

Garut, West Java, Indonesia
Gems, 26.47 mm, 41.15 ct
Start Time: 09/07/2023 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/14/2023 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $70

Item Description

This is a big, unique, attractive, colorful and hard to find polished stone of petrified palm root (Arecaceae) from Garut in West Java, Indonesia. We picked these stones up from a good friend overseas. They were mined in March of 2021, and they are distinctly different from other petrified palm that we've seen from Indonesia in the past. For reference, Arecaceae are defined as tropical trees usually having a tall columnar trunk bearing a crown of very large leaves; coextensive with the order Palmales. It should be noted that this is more of a pseudomorph in my mind as, this is actually a replacement of the wood by cryptocrystalline Quartz (most likely Chalcedony). During the replacement process, tree trunks were buried under several hundred yards of sediment. Over the course of time the wood was replaced by Chalcedony which was carried in underground waters. Due to the slow steady process, even the most minute details of the woody structure was preserved. This "Round Cabochon" cut gem features beautiful patches of soft blue and white Chalcedony in the space between the cells of the tree root. You can see the "grain" of the wood (the darker colored portions of the gem), and they make a great contrast against the Chalcedony. If you collect unique stones in the Quartz family, don't miss out on this one, as it's really eye-catching and different!

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$70 09/13/2023 12:14:08 pm (CDT)
$60 09/13/2023 12:14:08 pm (CDT)
$50 09/10/2023 5:00:56 pm (CDT)
$45 09/10/2023 5:00:56 pm (CDT)
$40 09/08/2023 12:34:43 pm (CDT)
$35 09/08/2023 12:34:43 pm (CDT)
$30 09/08/2023 11:56:24 am (CDT)
$25 09/07/2023 8:56:46 pm (CDT)