Petrified Wood, Smoky Quartz and Clear Topaz Pendant


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.  

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 araucaria 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.  

Smoky quartz is a variety of quartz, always black or brown in colour. 

Smoky quartz is often found in beautiful black crystals. It can be cut into beautiful brilliant gemstones and it makes an equally beautiful crystal specimen.

Smoky quartz is the most often sought after for its healing or crystal properties. It is said to increase endurance and to amplify energy. Some believe that it may give you an energy boost, and that it can help you clear your thoughts to better make decisions. Smoky Quartz is an excellent grounding stone. It gently neutralizes negative vibrations and is detoxifying on all levels.

Topaz has been prized as a gemstone throughout the ages, and comes in a variety of colours, including yellow, brownish-yellow, pink, green, orange, colorless and blue.  

Topaz stones are almost always faceted. This is done to show off the intense colors. A nice topaz stone will really sparkle.

The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could increase the strength of the wearer and even provide invisibility in desperate times. In traditional Indian belief systems, topaz is said to unlock the throat chakra, which facilitates communication and self-expression. Therefore, topaz is thought to be beneficial to artists, writers, public speakers and others who are concerned with self-expression. 

  • Set in sterling silver
  • Dimensions: 
    • All gemstones and fossil in setting: 49 mm x 16 mm x 6 mm
    • Bail length: 12 mm
  • Genuine fossil
  • This item includes an information card about the gemstones and fossil
  • Certificates of authenticity are 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 fossil, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.

*Sterling silver chain is not included. It is available for purchase here.

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