Argentina, page 1

ARG 82. Museum specimen. Patagonia, Argentina. Cerro Cuadrado, Jurassic conifer of the species Araucaria. Rare full round branch end section of Araucaria from the same tree that produced the cones. Attractive exterior and overall black mineralization. Glassy. One end natural. No filler – No glue. 35 by 40 mm mirror-polished face; 4 cm long; 2.8 ounces. SOLD

ARG 83. Museum specimen. Patagonia, Argentina. Cerro Quadrado, Jurassic conifer of the species Araucaria mirabilis. Rare specimen round branch end section of Araucaria from the same tree that produced the cones. Almost completely black and white yet deep patterned glassy tight growth rings. One end natural. No filler – No glue. 33 by 48 mm mirror-polished face; 72 mm long; six ounces. $65

FJD ARG 47. Museum specimen. Patagonia, Rio Negro, Argentina. Cretaceous cycadeoid armor section with cone. Back in the 90s I had visions of my older-self spending his golden years making bolo ties. With that in mind, I was always looking for great bolo prospects. Since I cut hundreds of pounds of Argentine cycadeoid, I had much great stuff to choose from. This is a piece that I cut and polished on top and on all edges. It has nice tight diamond frond bases and a full cycadeoid cone. Top cell preservation. No glue – No filler. (PS now a septuagenarian, I have zero interest in making bolo ties.) 1.4 ounces; 6 mm thick with a mirror-polished face measuring 1 by 48 mm.  $150

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