Some New German Specimens

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I just managed to perform an update to the gallery, including some nice new German specimens.  The above is a Wendishain Thunderegg and definitely an improvement on what was there before.  One of my most prized saxonty specimens.  Here is another Wendishain spcimen:

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Also uploaded is a tiny yet lovely specimen from the super-rare location Meisenstein – only the second I have ever seen:

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A Seebachsfelsen thunderegg showcasing the most beautiful form the location can take, with green-tinged matrix and colourful banded agate.  This one could use reworking to get rid of the chips on the face, but is still a beautiful specimen:

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And lastly, a few new specimens of the most ghostly of the white ghosts of the kaolin pits, Gröppendorf.  These stark white stones, less common than their cousin Querbitzsch, are starting to come across with a distinct identity of their own.

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A Thunderegg that Changed Over Time

It’s one of my most prized thundereggs – a large Gottlob specimen from Germany with amethyst.  But also, this is one of the very few thundereggs I’ve ever seen that have changed over time.  When I first got it, about 5 years ago or thereabouts, I scanned it as usual and added it to my gallery:

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However, over time, the agate lost its clarity – the colours brightened.  Preparing to sell it’s other half as part of a downsizing, I finally got round to imaging the rock a second time – again by scanner.  Side by side, the difference is quite dramatic.

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German thundereggs are much older than most of the US specimens, yet this one transformed in just a few years after being dug up.  I have two shelves full of Gottlobs, but this is the only one to have transformed to anything close to this extent.  It’s still beautiful – maybe even more so.

 

Check out more Gottlobs here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/germany/index_Gottlob.html

Schmücke and Felsenschlag Thundereggs

Some new specimens from Schmücke, Thuringia, Germany – an area that is a very near neighbor of the famous Felsenschlag but considerably rarer.

For comparison, here is a new Felsenschlag specimen:

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Click here to see the full gallery of Felsenschlags – almost fifty of them.

A Curious Float Egg from Richardson Ranch

An obscure one here. The location known on my gallery as “Richardson Ranch, On the Road to the New Ledge Jasper Beds” is obscure enough – one of many unnamed beds in the area that are only really known at all thanks to Ed Pieters doing such a marvelous job of exploring the ranch. Except … this isn’t one of those. Oh, this specimen was found at the “on the road to …” location, but this is a float egg – an egg that has been knocking round loose on the surface and must have been transported from elsewhere. It is clearly different in geology, being much closer to Flat Bed. A wanderer thunderegg and, as far as I know, a one-off.

Hey, we egg-heads get excited about such things. 🙂

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For comparison, here is a new specimen from the “On the Road to …” location itself that I have just uploaded.  It is one of the redder locations on the ranch, characterized by this crisp grey agate.richardson_road-newledge02.jpg

Just for the fun of it, here is a previous Richardson float egg – a favourite of mine because it is so different from anything else that I know from the ranch, and also because that matrix is just beautiful!Richardson_float01.jpg

You can see more from Richardson Ranch (and elsewhere in Jefferson) on the gallery here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/oregon_Jefferson.html

 

Esterel La Vigne – One of the Greatest Thundereggs in the World

Esterel La Vigne Thundereggs is an extraordinary location of usually small but exquisitely structured and colored specimens.  It’s a location I really focus on, and every so often, I add another to the gallery.  Here are a few more of them:

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Two Cores – Two Flames

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A beautiful Blend of Green and Lilac

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A Massive (For Here) and Flaming Double Specimen

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An Unusually Large specimen for the Location at 9cm

You can see plenty more of these, as well as detail shots, on the gallery page here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/france/index_vigne.html

And finally a specimen from the much rarer cousin location Plateau de Grane:

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New German Specimens

A run-down of some new specimens recently uploaded to the gallery.

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Rötelsteinpfad am Güdesweiler Thunderegg – an unusually large specimen for a location that is very often incomplete and damaged. 

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Kniebreche – a super-rare location, unfortunately given how beautiful they can be. 

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Another Kniebreche specimen.

New Location: Ravensberg Mountain

Located near Bad Sachsa, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) – a state that provides very few thundereggs compared to some of the others. These are a distinctive location, with beautiful flowbanding and thin bands of sometimes vivid red agate. I have now added a page of them on the gallery, and here are some of the best ones.