New Mexican Location: Del Sur, San Louis Portilla

Mexico can be a chaotic place in terms of IDs – many thundereggs can be vaguely identified or not identified at all.  So it is always interesting when a new location turns up.  These Del Sur specimens have a somewhat unfamiliar look for Mexico as well, with a very smooth matrix and simple agate.

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German Specimens from My Personal Collection

I have been sorting out my vast stock of rocks recently, aiming to sell off a lot of them and get back some kind of control of things.  I have been selling liberally over on the Thunderegg Shop Facebook Group – but this has also been a chance to look through all my specimens that are not yet on the gallery and decide which ones I would keep.  And then finally upload them!  These are the ones that really caught me, including some very unusual locations and some nice specimens of more familiar ones.  Below are some of my favourite ones.

See the whole German gallery here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/germany.html

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Wieda Thunderegg – A Crisp Specimen From a Rare Location

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Altersbach – Rarish Location Known for it’s Flaming Hydrothermal Agate.

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Nesselhof Thunderegg – Candycane!

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Nesselhof thunderegg – Deep Red

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Drusenborn Thunderegg – Rarely Seen Solid Agate

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Querbitzsch – a Beautiful Specimen of the White Ghosts of the Kaolin Mines

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Waldeneck – The Classic Baden Baden Location

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Gröppendorf – The ‘Other’ White Ghost of the Kaolin Mines

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Hölle (Gehlberg) – one of the Quiet Relatives of the Famous Felsenschlag.

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Oberhof – a Rare New Location from an Urban Building Site!

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Spießberg ‘Rote Linie’ – an Unnamed Location in an area that is Being Revealed as Surprisingly Diverse.

 

 

 

New German Curiosities and Locations

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Hirschfeld Gravel Pit Thunderegg with a Geology from the Mügeln Area

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Hirschfeld Gravel Pit – a Somewhat Less Familiar Geology

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A mystery thunderegg from the Zeithin Gravel Pit, because although we know where it was found, the geology that it originated from remains completely different from all known sources, in spite of various enquiries. One of the mysteries of the gravel pits that make them so interesting.

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A rare complete specimen from Ochsendrehe, Saxony

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Sermuth thunderegg – a very unusual new location from Saxony, Germany.

A few New Specimens

After a long quiet time, when I have mostly been engaged in selling off some of my huge stock of eggs, I have launched a few more specimens on the gallery.

Burgstall thunderegg with an unusual pseudomorph core.

A fine Dugway thunderegg with some very delicate agate.

A more complex Donnybrook thunderegg with a fair amount going on.

Ochs Ranch / Pony Creek thunderegg – a simple but rather sweet specimen.

A specimen from one of the rarely seen non-public beds on the Richardson Ranch – this one described as a rare and small location “close to the main road”.

Two New German Locations

Two interesting new locations have been uploaded to the gallery now.  I know very little about the first one, save that it is from the Thuringia Forest.  In appearance, it is substantially different to anything else I have seen from there.  This lcation is simply known as Wasch:

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Wasch Thunderegg

Next up is a new Saxony location alongside the white ghosts of the kaolin pits – Börtewitz.  And it’s a specimen I am pretty much in love with!  The stones that I have seen from here are distinguished from the other locations (Querbitzsch, Gröppendorf etc.) by being much harder and heavier – a solid matrix that takes a shine.

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Börtewitz Thunderegg

 

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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