Petrified Bog and Green Tourmaline Necklace
My partner, Scott, and I found this wonderful material on a road trip through Arizona. We were driving this early March with some acquaintances we met at the Tucson Gem Show. They took us through some forests on Apache land and we met Steve, an Apache Native who is the forest manager. Scott is also part Native American and he struck up a conversation with Steve who then granted us permission to rock hound the land. We weren’t even intending to do so and didn’t have any tools handy but we started scoping around the area. You can explore on Native lands but you should never take from them without permission. We found a big chunk of this material and worked together to break it down using other rocks to see what was inside. It has gorgeous layers of different shades of mint, olive and sage greens in a creamy olive tinted base. The now forest land used to be a bog millions of years ago, and that’s why we suspect this rock to be petrified bog. The entire experience was truly magical and I’m honored to get to create with this material.
This is the first piece of Arizona Petrified Bog I’ve cut and set. It’s set in a solid sterling silver bezel with a 3mm Light Green Tourmaline. It comes on an elongated tube bead and chain that is 18 inches long with lobster clasp and closure. The pendant is 47mm long by 27mm wide and 15mm thick. This is a one of a kind necklace.