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.

  • Petrifed Palm Wood Cabochon Fossil #20 Petrifed Palm Wood Cabochon Fossil #20

    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #20

    Oval shaped and polka dotted black semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 54 mm by 32 mm and 6 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer...

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  • Petrified Wood Cabochon Palm Black Gemstone #19 Petrified Wood Cabochon Palm Black Gemstone #19

    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #19

    Round shaped black semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 43 mm in diameter and 6 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 #5 Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #5

    Petrified Palm Wood Stone Bead Pendant #5

    Petrified Palm Wood drilled stone bead pendant. This triangle shaped Petrified Palm Wood 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 47 mm long by 24 mm...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #4 Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #4

    Petrified Palm Wood Stone Bead Pendant #4

    Petrified Palm Wood. This teardrop focal point bead pendant is drilled with a 3.75 mm hole near the top for hanging on your cord or chain, or adding into your bead creation! It is 53 mm long by 23 mm wide and 9 mm thick. Beautiful golden...

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  • Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #8 Petrified Palm Wood Bead Pendant #8

    Petrified Palm Wood Stone Bead Pendant #8

    Petrified Palm Wood. This 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 47 mm long by 20 mm wide and 8 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious...

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    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #6

    Round or circle shaped black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 45 mm in diameter and 6 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana...

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    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #11

    Round shaped black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 44 mm in diameter and 5.5 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer...

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  • black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon

    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #4

    Round shaped black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 41 mm in diameter and 4 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have...

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