We often run across petrified wood on our rockhounding adventures. There’s so much stuff you run across in the desert that looks like petrified wood, but is not. Much petrified wood that you find is cool to possess, but not so pleasing for jewelry. However, some specimens of petrified wood are amazing for jewelry pieces. Some of the most colorful rocks you will ever find are indeed various forms of Jasper and Petrified Wood–the differences between the two are subtle. This particular rock was a lucky one-off find. Petrified Wood can be hard to work with as the ring layers tend to be flaky (even when petrified) and somewhat dirty with natural elements that get contained within. hundreds of thousands, even in some cases millions of years old–Petrified Wood is truly amazing to behold, and specifically to possess as a jewelry piece. When  one thinks deeply on it–you are wearing a piece of live, ancient  history.

After a day of frustrating slicing, grinding and polishing–this promising and impressive stone (at first the size of 4 golf balls combined) produced only these two small pieces after a lot crumbling and flaking. The effort was worth it though, as when I got to the core of the stone it produced two of the finest petite jewelry stones that I have ever spun out. Sometimes the problem stones that prove hard to work with produce the finest gems of all. Lapidary arts are a lot like life in that way–with patience and perseverance, generally good results happen. We’re gonna wrap these two in sterling silver and they should be in the shop soon…