Technically speaking, Petrified Wood (or Fossilized Wood) is not a crystal. Its organic matter has been replaced by silicon dioxide while its form has been preserved leaving the rings of wood still visible. Silicon dioxide (SiO2), also known as silica, is a natural compound made of two of the earth’s most abundant materials: silicon (Si) and oxygen (O2). Silicon dioxide is most often recognized in the form of quartz, hence the mixed classification. While usually found in shades of brown or grey, it may also hold colors of orange, red, yellow and purple (shown above) and may be called Agatized Wood. While found in Egypt, Brazil and Argentina, there is a spectacular Petrified Forest in Holbrook, Arizona with specimens between one and two million years old.
Petrified Wood connects us to the Earth, the Ancient Ones and past lives. It is a reminder that we are a part of evolution and that we can look to our roots and history and the Akashic Records. Healthwise, it can help our skeletal structure, spine and liver as we connect to the natural beauty and wisdom of our planet. It is a magical piece of our past available to us today. Draw strength, patience and inner peace from this magnificent stone.