Interesting piece of Petrified Palm wood in an egg-shaped, oval cabochon. This dark piece has black, tan, brown, red and white colors that inner-mix with each other across the whole stone. The cabochon is polished on both sides in preparation for any open settings. This is old stock vintage cab of Palm wood. The cabochon was left natural with no fill or treatments. The top is domed and bottom is flat with a slight flat edge around the stone for setting, smithing or wrapping. Palm wood is also used for Metaphysical healing properties.
The cabochon is 8.7 grams (43.5 carats) and measures 40 mm x 30 mm x 4 mm. Measurements are approximate and are measured from the longest or widest points; the thickness is measured in the middle. Palm wood is a variety of chalcedony with a Mohs hardness of 7.5.
Anywhere from 11.6 to 84.9 million years ago regions across the earth were lush tropical forests. As trees fell, they became encased in the mineral-rich mud preserving them from decay. As these forests dried up, minerals replaced the wood cells retaining the detailed shapes of the wood and petrified into the beautiful fossil wood we see today. This variety of wood contains prominent rod-like structures within the regular grain giving an interesting pattern. Whether your piece has spots or rods depends on the direction of the cut on the stone. Petrified Palm Wood is a hard variety of Chalcedony and comes in colors of beige, tan, brown, black, white, red, and pink. Today, Petrified Palm Wood is found in Argentina, Egypt, Germany, Libya and the United States.
Petrified Palm Wood, Metaphysically, is a stone of general protection. It helps keep one grounded and stabilizes our emotions while calming fears. It can help you make a connection with the past and assists in the flow of life, encouraging patience and the ability to stick with a plan of action through completion. It promotes courage and lends to the ability to take the right actions. Other properties promote calmness, good fortune, grounding, longevity, stability, strength, security, tranquility, vigor and wisdom. It is beneficial physically by promoting the body's essential growth. It helps with the absorption of vitamins and minerals that help with hip or spine troubles, immune system enhancement, healthy skeletal system, hair, nails, teeth and skin. It is helpful in the treatment of illnesses, reproductive system problems (both sexes), addresses issues with the feet, hips, knees and legs. It is beneficial for blood flow, elimination organs and kidneys. Zodiac sign is Leo. These beliefs are spiritual supporters and not prescriptions or substitutions for medical healthcare.
We don't alter the colors in our photographs, though digital photo colors vary between cameras and depending on the lighting where the photos are taken so please view all photos before purchasing. Naturally lighted photos will be provided whenever possible, but some photos are taken indoors. Photos of this piece were taken outdoors in natural lighting. My apologies for any glare on any of the photos and the flash has a tendency to wash the colors, therefore, some photos may be with or without flash trying to capture the most lifelike appearance.
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