Nevada

NEV 176. Museum quality. Little Humboldt River, Nevada. This is the source of classic limbs that appear to be casts but are actually wood shifted to translucent silica. It was thought for years that they were casts, but as I discovered by cutting dozens of limbs, some exhibit areas of distinct yet ghostly wood structure. This is a smaller branch or root section cut and polished on both ends. Translucent gray with red and an alarmingly striking design that celestial. The skin is off-white. 56 by 26 and 60 by 32 mm mirror-polished faces; 4.5 cm long; five ounces. $85

Nevada 175. Hubbard Basin Museum Specimen. Especially attractive specimen round conifer slice from Hubbard Basin. Millenia of erosion reduced this fossil to about a quarter of the full log it once was. Unusual colors and pattern. Nice eye appeal. The polished face measures 15 by 17 cm; 10 mm thick; one pound and two ounces.  $85

FJD Nevada 30. Texas Springs Museum Specimen. Beautiful example with the typical lumpy exterior and an interesting range of translucent pinks. My guess it that it was a root, based on the rootlets. No glue, no filler. The polished face measures 43 by 53 mm. The specimen is 87 mm long; eleven ounces.  $110

FJD Nevada 34. Goose Creek Museum Specimen. Goose Creek wood is somewhat similar in appearance to other some Nevada wood but is completely unique and distinguishable from the others. It has a wrinkled white exterior and some specimens such as this one have a golden glow to the mineralization. It’s quite rare. Perfect. No glue, no filler. Jewelry grade. The mirror-polished face measures 31 by 22 mm. This small specimen is 49 mm long; two ounces.  $70

FJD Nevada 33. Texas Springs Museum Specimen. Jewelry grade chalcedony with an attractive exterior and natural end. Amazingly glassy. Perfect. No glue, no filler. The polished face measures 33 by 35 mm. The specimen is 45 mm long; three ounces.  $65

Nevada 171. Little Humboldt River Museum Specimen. Perfect. No glue, no filler. Like almost all of the fossil wood from this dig, one would at first think this is a cast. Instead of cell structures, it includes hundreds of tiny dark blebs. Deep translucence. Having cut and examined many sections of this material, I have no doubt that a piece like this is an advanced state of fossilization where all remnants of cell structure are essentially dissolved. They are not casts. The polished face measures 23 by 27 mm. The specimen is 78 mm tall; three ounces.  $55

NEV 163. Texas Springs Museum Specimen. Texas Springs, also sometimes called Jackpot, Nevada, is a famous site for pink limb casts. This is a super solid and glassy full round limb section with a deeply translucent pink interior. One end is natural and the other polished with a slight dome. 6 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 6 cm long; twelve ounces.  $65

FJD NEV 12. Museum specimen. Washoe County, Nevada. Tertiary full round limb with associated limbs. This is quite unusual. You can easily see the main limb section – what makes it extra special is the jumble of limbs that is connected to it. This appears to have been a mass of limbs that fossilized together. One possible scenario is that the limbs came together in a volcanic eruption or associated mud flow and were buried together prior to petrification. Nice even growth rings with excellent ring porous hardwood cell structure and borer holes filled with agate. 84 mm long; 25 by 25 mm mirror- polished face for the round; nine ounces.  $70

Nevada 174. Nevada opalized wood. The label said “Opal wood Nev”. Interesting piece with an attractive exterior that unquestionably says Wood! Under magnification the coniferous cellular ladders show quite well. Full round conifer.  The polished face measures 12 by 9 cm; 10 cm long; two pounds and fourteen ounces.  $40

FJD NEV 43. Texas Springs area limb cast. Full round limb section, cut and polished on one end. Sometimes they weren’t pink. This one is opaque creamy white with tiny white orbicular inclusions. No glue, no filler. The domed polished face measures 4 by 5 cm; 9 cm long; twelve ounces. $115