Petrified wood is the common name for wood that has turned to stone. Almost all of today’s modern tree types have ancient fossil remnants that we can study. The patterns on the different types of wood appear unchanged from their modern counterparts.
Peanut wood is a type of fossil wood, most often a black or dark brown, sometimes it comes in lighter brown and reddish brown shades. The distinctive feature of this wood is that it will have several white/ beige lines and inclusions running through the wood. These lines sometimes resemble peanuts, and this is where it gets its name from.
These light coloured areas are what used to be boreholes in the original wood. Before the wood was petrified, it was washed into the ocean as driftwood. It was then attacked by small marine shellfish called teredo; another name for these little clams is "shipworm". They bore small tunnels into the wood and eventually the entire piece can be riddled with boreholes. When the wood became waterlogged, it then sank to the bottom of the ocean & settled into the mud. The boreholes then filled with the light coloured radiolarian sediment. Some time later, petrification began, and this stunning fossil is what remains. Most peanut wood is a type of auraucaria wood, and is approximately 70 million years old.
Petrified Wood is used to connect with your past life, to get more grounded, or to stabilize emotions. Some believe these wood types can help with your composure and contentment with life. Petrified wood is a testament of resilience and strength, and is often associated with business success, making it an ideal fossil for entrepreneurs.
- Set in sterling silver
- Fossil in setting: 40 mm x 29 mm x 5 mm
- Bail length: 12 mm
- Genuine fossil
- This item includes an information card about the fossil
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item
This fossil requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, will damage it over time. If you polish the stone, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.
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