Petrified Palm Wood (LA)

Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have tan and black areas and a great polka dot pattern! Some of the cabochons seem to have moonscapes or sceneries.

This gem material is the Oligocene-age "petrified wood" that is found in the Catahoula Formation,  a sedimentary rock unit that was deposited on the alluvial plains and in the coastal swamps of the Oligocene Gulf Coast.  At that time, the coastline was about 100 miles farther inland than it is today. 

Petrified Palm Wood is not a true wood as it was a plant that looked similar to a modern palm tree with a trunk made up of parenchyma, a fibrous support material that surrounded hollow tubes of the plant's vascular structure.  These tubes transported water, nutrients, wastes, and other materials through the plant. 

When the palm died, it was quickly covered by water and sediments.  Ground water flowing through the sediments carried dissolved silica.  The silica replaced the fibrous parenchyma and tubes.  This infilling and replacement of the plant structures with solid silica produced the fossil known as  Petrified Palm.

When a gemstone cabochon is cut perpendicular to the palm trunk, the tubes of the vascular structure often display as an array of "dots."

Petrified Palm Wood is actually a psuedomorph-chalcedony replacing the original plant. Therefore Petrified Palm Wood is a member of the chalcedony family with a hardness of 6.5 to 7. Petrified Palm Wood cabochons take a great polish and wear well.

Petrified Palm Wood is the Louisiana state fossil.

Metaphysical Properties of Petrified Palm ood: Petrified Wood is called the stone of patience.

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    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #23

    An oval black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 43 mm by 24 mm and 5 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have tan...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Designer Cabochon Gemstone #15 Petrified Palm Wood Designer Cabochon Gemstone #15

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    Oval shaped black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 48 mm by 17 mm and 8 mm thick.  Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons...

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    Matched pair cabochons for earrings triangle shaped Petrified Palm Wood semi precious stone cabochons 32 mm by 15 mm wide and 4 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #3 Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #3

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    Pretty polka dotted brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood. This drilled stone focal point bead pendant is drilled with a 4 mm hole near the top for hanging on your cord or wire, or adding into your bead creation! It is 38 mm long by 15.5...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Designer Cabochon Gemstone #18 Petrified Palm Wood Designer Cabochon Gemstone #18

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    Oval shaped black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 48 mm by 17 mm and 7.5 mm thick.  Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Designer Cabochon Gemstone #17 Petrified Palm Wood Designer Cabochon Gemstone #17

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    Round shaped black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 30 mm in diameter and 6 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have...

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    Matched pair cabochons for earrings triangle shaped Petrified Palm Wood semi precious stone cabochons 32 mmby 14 mm wide and 4.5 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons...

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    Petrified Palm Wood Matched Pair Cabochons #8

    Matched pair triangular shaped Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochons 28 mm long by 14 mm at their widest and 4 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have tan and...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #12 Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #12

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    Petrified Palm Wood drilled stone bead pendant. This drilled stone focal point bead pendant is drilled with a 3 mm hole near the top for hanging on your cord or wire, or adding into your bead creation! It is 45 mm long by 25 mm wide at the...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #11 Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #11

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    Petrified Palm Wood. This focal point bead pendant is drilled with a 4 mm hole near the top for hanging on your cord or wire, or adding into your bead creation! It is 38 mm long by 17 mm wide and 8 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious...

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    Petrified Palm Wood Matched Pair Cabochons #2

    Matched pair triangle shaped Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochons, 26 mm long by 18 mm at their widest and 4 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have tan and black...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Matched Pair Cabochons #5 Petrified Palm Wood Matched Pair Cabochons #5

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    Matched pair triangle shaped semi precious Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochons 29.5 mm by 13 mm and 3 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have tan and black...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #10 Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #10

    Petrified Palm Wood Stone Bead Pendant #10

    Petrified Palm Wood. This focal point bead pendant is drilled with a 4 mm hole near the top for hanging on your cord or wire, or adding into your bead creation! It is 40 mm long by 23 mm wide and 8 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious...

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