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Mineral: quartz
Gem: fossilized dinosaur bone
Origin: Utah
General Info: The name is derived from the German "quarz" of uncertain origin. It was called "krystallos" by the Greeks, but this later became the generic term for crystal.
Additional Information
Fossilized dinosaur bone (aka petrified dino bone) is between 230 - 180 million years old. It was formed when silicate solutions slowly replaced the bone material buried in the sand. The coloration is caused by the associated dissolved elements in the silica solution and is not from the original bone material.

The stones all cut by the author. The first and second stone are doublets with clear agate backing. The third stone is framed with black agate.

closeup of cell structure - the grayish pattern is the bone marrow, and the red is filled in agate.