The color and pattern on these bookends look almost flower-like. They are lighter toward the center and radiate out to a darker red tone towards the rough outer edge. The front side is high polished, the edges are left in the natural "bark" state, and the back is low polished. The inside and bottom are felted.
Measurements: ~6-1/4" High x 10" Wide x 2" Deep
Location: Arizona, U.S.A.
From ancient Greek meaning "wood turned into rock", Petrified Wood is a form of fossilization where all the organic matter combines with minerals (usually a silicate, such as quartz) during a process called per-mineralization. In order for wood to become petrified it must be completely covered by sediment, thereby depriving the wood of oxygen. Simultaneously, there must be a mineral rich water source close by. Over time, the water delivers the minerals into the cellular structure of the wood, replacing (and in most cases), combining with the organic material, cell by cell, until the wood is transformed into stone. Wood petrification is unusual in this way. If acid were used to dissolve into the stone, one would actually still find organic material. In regard to petrified wood colorization, each specimen is dependent upon other minerals present in the locality at the time of fossilization. Streaks of warm browns and reds are indicative of iron oxides intermixing with quartz and other minerals during a specimen's fossilization process.