This is an awesome new material named by Lapidary Journal as "Hot Gemstone of 2018".
Indonesia has the largest deposit of petrified wood in the world, however the deposit of blue Opalized wood is fairly small, making it difficult to obtain. The material is hand dug by artisanal miners in shallow open pits and tunnels. These workings are in very remote areas of the Indonesian forest. Indonesian Petrified Wood is from ancient teak (hardwood) trees that turned to stone. The petrified wood is from trees approximately 20 million years old. Copper minerals present in the mud and water prior to and during the petrification process leached into the wood giving it bright Caribbean blue colors with appealing patterns.
We have slabs and cabs available in the store for purchase, all hand cut and polished by Jason Baskin.
Gemological Institute of America Inc.:
Gemstone cutter and mineral specimen collector Jason Baskin of Jay’s Minerals (Flemington, New Jersey) presented some spectacular freeform fordite cabochons, a byproduct of an automobile painting process that is long gone.
Workers once painted automobile bodies on train cars, which are commonly used on large assembly lines. As the paint was
The mineral collecting bug started in my family in the mid-1950's when my grandfather, Thurman Baskin, read an article in Readers Digest about tourmalines from Oxford County, Maine. My grandparents, my father Joel, and my uncles (Kevin and Monte) took countless mineral collecting trips to New England and Canada throughout the 1950's and 1960's. They collected and sold many fine specimens over the decades. I am told my first mineral collecting experience was in Newry, Maine, collecting tourmaline crystals when I was only a year old. During my childhood my dad and I would take off on weekends and go digging for crystals or dredging for gold. Local traprock quarries in New Jersey have produced some of the most treasured specimens and memories in my family's collection. In recent years I have researched and acquired exclusive mineral rights to the property now known as "Red Embers Mine" in Erving, Massachusetts. As the first Baskin Family mine, it produces fine, gemmy almandine garnet in graphite specimens coveted by collectors and museums around the world. - Jason