Nevada

FJD NEVADA 26. Goldfield, NV. Rare piece from a once fabulous collecting area that didn’t last long once the California rock clubs learned about it in the 1960s. Beautiful and remarkably solid specimen round, natural all around but for the polished face. Hard in all colors. Conifer with well-preserved cells. Nice array of colors. Under magnification we see a unique wood with pressure-created diamond shapes of buckled wood tracheids that infilled with a dark mineral (tinted chalcedony?) as in bacon wood and ribbon wood but to a lesser degree. 48 by 58 cm mirror-polished face; 6 cm long; ten ounces. SOLD

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 28. Hubbard Basin Museum Specimen. This is a fabulous hardwood specimen with an interesting story to tell: It appears to be the base of a limb that was violently ripped from the main trunk, as in a fierce storm. It comprises all the great colors one would hope to find in a Hubbard Basin specimen and has a complex, attractive range of mineralization, including a tiny white agate inclusion on the face. It was collected in the 1960s or early 1970s, back in the Rockhound Heyday. This specimen has abundant eye appeal. No glue or fillers. It should be on a rotating platform in a museum like the Hope Diamond. The polished face measures 80 by 95 mm (3 1/8 by 3 ¾ inches). The specimen is 12 cm long; four pounds and eight ounces.  $2500

FJD Nevada 41. Texas Springs Limb cast Museum Specimen. Jewelry grade chalcedony that appears to be about flawless. Pink with wrinkly exterior. Cut and polished on one end and otherwise as found. Amazingly glassy. Perfect. No glue, no filler. The polished face measures 7 by 5 cm; 8 cm long; fifteen ounces.  $125

FJD Nevada 29. Little Humboldt River Museum Specimen. I once spoke with an old rockhound (my age) who told me about the old days in this vicinity. He was hunting petrified wood about 45 years ago when he came upon an area with about a dozen trunks like this one. He said they were hard to see at first because they blended in with the terrain, upright and in line as if at the edge of a long-gone waterway. This one is in an extremely rare state of preservation with no glues or fillers. The entire trunk is gnarly and perfect. The polished face is impeccable. You can see where the wood dried, split, and shrank, creating the wedge of pale blue chalcedony. The rest of the woody area appears to have been devoured by unicellular, multicellular, or syncytial spore-producing organisms feeding on organic matter, so in addition to fossil wood, this is fossil fungus. The polished face measures 62 by 68 mm. The specimen is 14 cm long; two pounds and nine ounces.  $225

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 31. Little Humboldt River Museum Specimen. Just a killer of a small specimen with abounding eye appeal and interest. Ghostly remains of cell structures. It appears to be the base of a tiny tree, complete with roots. Amazingly glassy. No glue, no filler. The polished face measures 31 by 37 mm. The specimen is 47 mm tall; five ounces.  $85

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

FJD NEV 37. Hubbard Basin Museum specimen. Astonishing full round Hubbard Basin conifer slice with all the colors and characteristics of this famous, long-depleted, collecting area. This is an old-style thick cut with a modern polish. Even with such a diverse set of strong colors – blue/gold/ivory/pink/green – the overall balance is stunning. Deep translucence in the blues, opaline ivory, dramatic growth rings. Look closer and see a lot going on – over on one side is a small embedded branch with its own set of rings. The opal edge on one side has a few chips (see image). Classic Hubbard Basin specimen. 2 cm thick; 31 by 22 mirror- polished face; four pounds and twelve ounces.  $600

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

FJD NEV 11. Monumental Museum specimen. Cherry Creek, Nevada. Cherry Creek was the source of some of the finest petrified wood ever found on the planet earth. This one is beautifully twisted and gnarled and even had what appears to be a burl in addition to several branches. It has super nice conifer cell structure and is a dream under magnification. This was an old and very large tree, probably a juniper, and has many (100+) growth rings to prove it. It appears on page 242 of Ancient Forests.  Cut on both ends and polished on both ends – very nice touch reserved for such perfect specimens, and this baby is perfect – not one fracture – No glue — No fillers. Great colors and blue agate. The finest Cherry Creek specimen I have owned. 13 cm tall; 14 by 7 and 11 by 5 cm polished faces; five pounds and fourteen ounces.   $5500

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 NEVADA 26. Goldfield, NEV, Museum Specimen from my collection.  A rare piece from a once fabulous collecting area that didn’t last long once the California rock clubs learned about it in the 1960s. This was the first larger log I had in my collection – more than 30 years ago and the guy I got it from had it for many years. Beautiful and remarkably solid. 9 by 7 cm mirror-polished face; 26 cm long; six pounds and ten ounces.  $1400

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. It’s an interesting piece with an attractive exterior that unquestionably says Wood! Under magnification the coniferous cellular latter sapper quite well. Neat full round conifer.  The polished face measures 12 by 9 cm; 10 cm long; two pounds and fourteen ounces.  $40

Nevada 173. Hubbard Basin Museum Specimen. Excellent full round conifer slice from Hubbard Basin. Deeply translucent and solid. Nice eye appeal. The polished face measures 10 by 17 cm; 13 mm thick; fourteen ounces. $85