Petrified Wood is a fossil. It forms when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay due to oxygen and organisms. Then, groundwater rich in dissolved solids flows through the sediment, replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite, or another inorganic material such as opal. The result is a fossil of the original woody material that often exhibits preserved details of the bark, wood, and cellular structures.
Some specimens of Petrified Wood are such accurate preservations that people do not realise they are fossils until they pick them up and are shocked by their weight. These specimens with near-perfect preservation are unusual; however, specimens that exhibit clearly recognisable bark and woody structures are very common.
The use of Petrified Wood for furniture and decorative objects is fairly limited as it's a tough material to work with. Geologists use the Mohs Hardness Scale to measure how hard a mineral is, it starts at 1 with talc, your fingernail is around 2, marble is 3 (making it easier to work with and therefore more commonly used). Petrified Wood ranges from 5.5 to 7, which is about the same as quartz, it then jumps to diamond with a perfect 10.
Petrified Wood is a rare beauty, who's individuality inspires the designs of our Creative Director and is brought to life in the hands of our master craftsmen. Each piece is truly unique, bearing the cell structure of the original tree which was growing over 40 million years ago; now turned to stone. This is heirloom quality, giving joy to you and your descendants.