This is a part of an opalized tree, and the rings you see are actually tree rings; or at least they were.

opal tree

This is an very rare sample: opal can be fairly common in petrified wood, but this is a fire opal, which makes it so much more valuable. Fire opals are transparent to translucent opals with warm body colors of yellow, orange, orange-yellow or red – basically, it often has pretty colors.

So how did this magnificent opalized tree came to be? Initially, water filled the cracks and empty spaces of the source fossil, and the silica content in the water hardened and turned into opal or chalcedony.

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    I want to know where he found it? was it in Australia? that could have been stated in the story.

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    This is a beauty!! Who has rights to the picture? I’m an admin on a gem and mineral society page and want to use it on our page. Where can I get permission?

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    Just because it is small, that does not mean that it is not a petrified tree (or, more likely, tree branch). It is certainly petrified wood.

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    Lol this is not real. You can make these yourself at home with wood, a sander, some photo luminescent resin, maybe some opal flakes and a lot of patience.

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    you can go to
    you will see a Pterosaur tibia fibula bones and structure preserved click on the last picture (The pterosaur) plus some others opalized fossils

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