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These unusual rock formations are called septarians. A septarian is a mud concretion that formed on an ancient seabed or floor. These nodules or concretions were formed 50 million to 70 million years ago. In very rare instances fossil remains of various ocean floor dwellers may be found inside the septarian. Theories vary as to what caused the crystals to form inside. Scientists do agree that the process of formation is very unusual and complex.
Septarians usually have a pattern of jagged veins on the inside. The different minerals that make up the septarian include yellow calcite, brown aragonite, white or clear barite with grey rock called limestone forming the nodule. The septarian may be solid or it may contain a hollow cavity that is filled with calcite crystals. The hollow septarians are sometimes called septarian geodes.
The sphere represents completion, the realization of all possibilities. To carve a sphere one must cut away a mass of rock which can be as much as ten times the finished creation. Thus a sphere symbolizes all that we need to release in order to reach our goals and attain perfection. Many use a sphere while meditating as they believe it helps to release worry and may help to take them to a deeper state. A sphere is also the perfect centerpiece for a crystal arrangement or rock altar. In feng shui, the ancient art of creating optimal energy flow in an environment, a sphere is ideal to place in the center of a room for its balancing abilities.
A lot of work goes into digging septarians, as well as into cutting, polishing, and preparing the pieces for display. May you enjoy your septarian as it is a scientific find as well as a link to our distant past. Collector specimens such as this may be treasured and preserved for future generations.
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.