This handmade wire wrapped agate pendant is made with a petrified and agatized wood cabochon called Indonesian petrified birds eye palm root. This very rare stone is prized for its remarkable pattern and color contrast. This cab, cabbed by myself, is about as good as they get for pattern. I love they way the blonde flames lick into the dark chocolate back ground.
This natural stone pendant is wire wrapped in my unique, original design with solid sterling silver wire (not filled, coated or plated). The secure double bail is large enough to accept a variety of chains.
stone ---- 41x27mm
pendant ---- 2.06" / 52mm long; 1.35" / 34mm wide
bail ---- 5mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More About Petrified Wood:
If a tree were to fall in the woods, it would rot in the atmosphere and be eaten by bugs and such. However, if a tree falls and is protected from oxygen and the elements by ash or mud before it rots, and is subjected to mineralized water, it begins the process of petrification. Petrification is a long process by which every part of the trunk (leaves and branches typically will rot before petrification can happen) is replaced by minerals in the water that slowly seeps through. Those minerals settle into the cells of the trunk and by the time the cells decompose all that is left is the mineral mold of the cell. The replacement mold can be opal, silica, calcite or pyrite to name a few. The result of time and petrification is a very detailed model in stone, or fossil, of the tree right down to the cell and rings.
Petrified wood goes by many names; fossilized wood, opalized wood, agatized wood, or silicified wood (opal or agate replacement). Petrified wood is deceptively heavy. One might see some on the ground and pick it up thinking it is a neat piece of wood only to find it to be a heavy rock. It looks very convincing! The color of the petrified wood would depend upon what replaced it and the minerals in the soil. Some are rainbow colored and some look just like wood. Because of it's beauty, it is used in jewelry, cut en cabochon. Petrified wood takes a very good polish and is very hard. The hardness is generally that of agate 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.