Petrified furniture is not only stunning—it’s unique. Due to the fossilization process, it’s impossible to have two identical pieces. However, when looking to bring petrified wood furniture into your home, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:
Who knew there’d be a reason to pay attention in geography class all those years ago? Depending on where you are in the world, different factors like forest type, surrounding minerals, pressure, and time spent underground will dictate the look and strength of the wood. For instance, the marble tops in the Arhaus Petra collection come in contrasting, golden mineral streaks and veins as the result of an uncommon, geological occurrence in the Philippines.
Similar to how you choose any decor, color plays a big role. Petrified wood can be found in a wide range of colors, influenced by the sediments which it was fossilized in. Some of the more common colors are chocolate black, pearl gray or beige, but some can also be found in vibrant reds and oranges. The brighter the color, the higher the value.
While the veneers themselves are certainly unique, the attention to detail that only a human hand can offer makes it feel extra authentic. From slicing each slab to polishing and buffing into a mirror-like shine artisans can take days to build each table—however, when it’s complete, you have a one-of-a-kind piece with a story all its own.
A petrified forest is a rare and a spectacular sight, so it’s important to protect them at all costs. Rather than cutting into these beautiful works of Mother Nature, look for artisans who stay within environmental regulations to find sustainably sourced materials. Also, companies that collaborate with locals have the added bonus of providing work and boosting the economy of remote towns and villages.
The most beautiful part of purchasing a petrified product is that no matter what you bring into your home, you know you’ve got a piece of history. Formed in volcanic ashes and thousands of years in the making, it has a story worth imagining.