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Petrified Palm Wood (LA)

Beautiful 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 scenery.

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 pseudomorph-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 Wood:

Petrified Wood in general is said to be a stone of patience, and slow and steady growth.  It is believed that Petrified Wood can help one overcome limiting emotional patterns handed down through one's ancestors.

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    Petrified Palm Wood Matched Pair Cabochons #3

    Matched pair rectangle shaped black and gray semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochons 18 mm by 13 mm and 4 mm thick. These weighs about 8.5 carats each. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood,...

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    This 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 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. These weighs about 10.5 carats each. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana...

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    This Petrified Palm Wood teardrop shaped 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...

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    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #3

    Round or circle shaped black semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 24 mm in diameter by 2.5 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons...

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    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #7

    Round shaped black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 48 mm in diameter by 5 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have...

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    This Petrified Palm Wood 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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    This 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 40 mm long by 23 mm wide and 8 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious...

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    This Petrified Palm Wood teardrop shaped 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 42 mm by 22 mm and 9.5 mm thick. It is finished on...

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    Petrified Palm Wood Cabochon #16

    Oval shaped black and brown semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood designer cabochon 35 mm by 22 mm and 4 mm thick. Beautiful golden semi precious gemstone Petrified Palm Wood, Palmoxylon, from Louisiana. These designer cabochons have...

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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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    This beautiful polka dotted Petrified Palm Wood triangle shaped focal point bead pendant is drilled with a 4 mm hole near the top for hanging on your cord or chain, or adding into your bead creation!   This bead pendant is 42 mm long...

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    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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