Hardness : 7
“Petro” means “rock” or “stone” in Greek. Petrified Wood is
literally wood turned into stone. It is a type of fossil consisting
of fossil wood where all the organic matter has been replaced
with minerals (most often a silicate, such as Quartz) while
retaining the original structure of wood.
The pertification process occurs underground over a period of
millions of years when wood becomes buried under sediments.
Mineral rich water flowing through the sediments deposits
minerals in the plant cells and as the plant cells decay away, a
stone mould forms in its place. Some pieces retain the original
cellular structure of wood thus tree rings can often be observed.
Petrified Wood though fragile is harder than Steel. It is known
for its exquisite colours and details.The various colours are due
to the presence of different minerals. The combination of wood
and minerals gives it a unique beauty which is unmatched.
Popular Belief :
Petrified Wood is said to help in concentration, increasing focus