RARE GEM GRADE RED
DRUSY BOTRYOIDAL MICRO-CRYSTAL LINED
AGATIZED FOSSIL CORAL GEODE
WITH BIZARRE SUSPENDED INTERNAL STRUCTURE
River - Florida, USA
OLIGOCENE PERIOD :
38 million years ago
coral is highly prized by not only fossil collectors, but by gem and
mineral collectors, as well. Exquisite forms from Florida
are especially in demand as the state produces some of the finest
examples of this geological oddity in the entire world. The majority
of agatized coral that is collected is either solid inside when sliced
or it possesses a drab and rather uninteresting structure to its
internal cavity. This remarkable specimen is VERY rare and
far exceeds the beauty, color and internal crystalline structures
of most agatized coral pieces that are found.
This is THE SECOND of two
pieces we ever acquired that has a RED drusy microcrystal agatized chamber.
This piece had been in the private collection of the original owner and
then in our private collection since we acquired it. It is the
best last specimen we have to sell and in the most rare of all the
colors of these ever found WITH DRUSY crystals. The inner cavity of the colony is covered with
rod-shaped and bubble-shaped botryoidal structures which once were the former polyp
channels of the coral creatures. There is an additional rare
feature of this piece - a floating and suspended portion of the colony
that fossilized and can be seen attached from the top of the geode
ceiling. This part has fossilized from a plum red base to a bright
tomato red surface of the majority of the structure. The entire
lining of the geode varies from blood red, hot orange and plum red and
then transitions to one side of the base wall into white! The
"floor" is lined with bright orange red structures. Making this an
ultra-rare gem beauty is the fact that UNLIKE THE MAJORITY of fossil
coral geodes, this specimen is COMPLETELY LINED INSIDE WITH TINY DRUSY
MICRO-CRYSTALS that have taken all the colors of the walls.
The specimen being offered here is
one-of-a-million compared to what is usually discovered! This
stunning example is a part of a hollow fossil geode that was once a
prehistoric coral colony. The internal cavity
the RAREST of all crystal
in these fossil corals - heavy drusy-coated crystal structures.
The cavity is completely lined with glistening RED drusy crystals
OVER BOTRYOIDAL structures which have
such an intense sparkle that the inside appears to be coated in cinnamon
From our private museum collection and last of two available for sale.
the typical agatized
coral examples found ANYWHERE in the world, RARELY will you ever
encounter agatized coral with stunning drusy crystal structures over
botryoidal structures in white like this. Agatized
coral of this quality is so rare that usually it is cut up and used in
very expensive custom jewelry pieces.
a complete crystal specimen, it is worth even more in its natural state.
NO ENHANCEMENT, NO DYEING, NO REPAIR and NO
RESTORATION. One of the rarest of the rarest we have ever
also known as chalcedony, is a type of cryptocrystalline quartz
(SiO2). Under unique geological conditions, prehistoric corals and
mollusks can fossilize by being replaced with agate from silica-rich
ground water percolating through limestone. The Florida
Legislature designated agatized coral as the Florida State Stone in
1979. The statute describes it as “a chalcedony pseudomorph
after coral, appearing as limestone geodes lined with botryoidal agate
or quartz crystals and drusy quartz fingers, indigenous to Florida."
Agatized coral occurs
in a variety of colors, typically gray, brown, black, yellow, white, and
on rare occasion red. The majority of Florida’s agatized coral
formed in Oligocene-Miocene Hawthorn Group sediments. Fossil
agatized coral is occasionally dredged up in the Tampa and Clearwater
areas but also occurs in limestones along the Econfina, Withlachoochee
and Suwannee Rivers.
corals were simple marine invertebrates that possessed a sac-like body
called a polyp with a mouth and tentacles. As carnivores, they
would immobilize or kill their prey with their stinging tentacles then
swallow their prey and later expel the wastes through the same
mouth. They formed a dense outer skeleton of calcium carbonate
which, when living in large colonies of thousands of cloned individuals,
formed a massive structure. The complex folds in their stomach
cavity can be seen in the wondrous detail left behind in their
skeletons. Modern corals today share a symbiotic relationship with
algae that covers their body tissue. The algae supplement the
coral with oxygen which most likely was the case in prehistoric times,
corals are believed to have thrived in the same environments that modern
corals prefer - clean, warm oceans of normal salinity levels.
Solitary corals were present in oceans of soft, muddy bottoms while horn
corals and colonial corals preferred hard sea floors to attach
SURFACE IS 100%
SPARKLING RARE RED DRUSY CRYSTALS OVER BOTRYOIDAL STRUCTURES
MASTERPIECE OF NATURAL
CREATION - SHIMMERS
LIKE A MILLION DIAMONDS IN THE SUN!
x 4.5" deep x 3.5" wide overall
Item - One Only