These beads are made of a truly fascinating fossil - petrified palm wood. In science, it's known as Palmoxylon sp., and it is easily recognized by the tube or rod like structures within it's regular grain. If you look at the surface of this fossil you will see a roughly circular pattern, some of which have filled in while some are still open. These are sclerenchyma bundles, which gives support to the palm tree and provides it's characteristic pattern. Petrified palm wood is the state fossil of Louisiana and the state stone of Texas. It dates to the Oligocene Epoch which was 28-34 million years ago and can be found in eastern Texas and Louisiana as well as several locations worldwide.
These beads are a flat, tapered rounded edge rectangular shape and average 37-38mm in length x 28-29mm wide x 7mm thick. They are variegated tones of cream, brown & golden taupe and you will receive the exact strand of 10 beads shown. Fabulous pendant or accent beads!
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Method of shipping will be determined by bead type and value. We ship with the USPS and prefer that valuable and fragile beads be shipped via boxed Priority Mail with delivery confirmation and insurance. We will ship via First Class Mail in a bubble lined mailing envelope whenever possible. All items will be carefully wrapped in double or triple bubble wrap. Items above a certain value are insured for your protection and peace of mind.
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