What is Peanut Wood? - Well, it’s not from peanuts. To look at it, it appears to be a stone of some kind but it’s not that either. It’s a fossil that formed over 120 million years ago! While attending the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this year, I found some beautiful pieces of peanut wood jewelry and was intrigued by not only the beauty of the fossil but its history as well. Turns out, Peanut Wood is a variety of petrified wood that is dark brown to black with white to cream color markings. It’s a tree that was swept into the ocean, tumbled about, cleaned and turned into something that kind of looks like driftwood. That’s where the uniqueness begins. Shipworms created little bore holes and tunnels in the wood and as the wood got heavier, it sank to the bottom of the ocean. The bore holes filled with sediment and over time, and the petrification process began. I hope this isn’t too much information for you, however, the history of how it came about is pretty incredible. Found in Australia above sea level, it’s made into jewelry, spheres, clocks, etc. Prices for this unique fossil are very reasonable.
The Brass Armadillo in Denver, CO, has several fine pieces of jewelry made with Peanut Wood. I hope you will find its beauty and history as fascinating as I do.