The Green and the Grey (And the Light Brown)

Two classic Crook County locations have received an update on the gallery – Killer Green and Fallen Tree.  Both are powerful examples of understatement – fairly quiet, usually without any fantastically elaborate agate going on, but also extremely beautiful.  Below are a few of the new specimens, starting with Killer Green.


Sometimes the simple just wows. This is a very simple specimen with gentle grey agate surrounded by green – but what a beauty!


Colours other than the basic green and grey are quite rare here. This one has a layer of dusky purple opal, which also makes this quite unusual.


Another one with unusual features – a very complex core with green tubes, complex white textures and an opal floor visible through clear quartz.


An unusually dark specimen with hints of red-brown around beautiful grey agate.

And some Fallen Trees:


A specimen with quartz (with negative crystal casts) floating in clear agate.


A complex moss specimen.  The crack leads to a negative crystal cast


A zeolite specimen.  I am told that the zeolite specimens from Fallen Tree are rather looked down upon in some quarters, and they are often discarded and left unpolished. I suppose if you get the same thing over and over then maybe, but this one at least seems a beauty to me! The zeolite is probably clinoptiloite.


And lastly a delicate green-tinged specimen

The White Ghosts of the Kaolin Mines (Again)

Querbitzsch Thunderegg

I am totally besotted with Querbitzsch thundereggs.  I really think that when they are at their best, they are among the most beautiful in the world – and much of the time they don’t have anything that can be called ‘agate’ at all. They are just magical! White ghosts of the Kaolin pits …

There will be more of these.


Sokolwiecz Again


It’s not so long since I last updated these, but I had to share this specimen.  The location, always a tricky one to find in any quality, is really highlighted by this beautiful thunderegg.  Click here to see the other specimens on the gallery.

Schmiedeberg by Dippoldeswalde – An Obscure but Colourful Saxony Location

A rare and obscure Saxony location that is distinctly different to most others that I have seen from the region. These may seem insignificant compared to the mighty agate specimens from other locations, but these are actually the kind of interesting and subtly beautiful specimens that I really love. They come from a solitary source of porphyry in southern Saxony.

They have cores of silicified mud, rough chalcedony, quartz or just interesting swirls and stains. Surprisingly colourful and I look forward to examining some more of these.


They are sometimes known as Altenberg eggs, but that name is rather less specific.  I had an Altenberg thunderegg on the gallery for some time, but now I am happy to publish a page containing several more Schmiedeberg by Dippoldeswalde specimens.


More of these are on the way, and I look forward to seeing what else the location has to offer.

Sailauf Update

Again, mea culpa … some more stones that have been hanging around for far too long, this time from the two Sailauf locations in Germany.


This is a Hartkoppe specimen that really brings the location to life – very intricate and beautiful.   5.3cm


The above is a rather different specimen from Rehberg – much larger (12.5cm)  and with a curiously neat core of simple solid agate.  I like it for it’s shape.

And finally one more small Hartkoppe specimen, showing fiery red agate.


Richardson Moss Bed Update


A few new specimens have been added to the Richardson Ranch Moss Bed gallery.  I was shocked how little there was on there when I checked – not updated for years and not containing anything particularly good.  But anyway – these new specimens hopefully make up for that.  It’s such a fine location.  There will be more in the future as I have several of these waiting unpolished downstairs.


Three New and Unusual Richardson Ranch Locations

Here are three more specimens from Richardson Ranch that are not from any of the familiar beds.  As usual, there is only so much I can say about these and the tags consist of little more than rough guides to the area in which they are found.  Nevertheless, they provide some new ideas of just what that ranch is capable of producing.


First up is an absolute stunner, in my opinion – and also the most mysterious.  This was not from any of the hundred or so locations on the ranch, this was a ‘float egg’ – by which I mean a lost rock just lying on the ground, with all the mystery that entails. You can see this in the very brittle and fractured matrix. The colours here are rather different from anything I have seen before – indeed, this is one of the most beautiful matrixes I have ever seen from this area.


The above specimen is from a small deposit “On the Road to the Opal Bed” and it shows a very clear kinship with the Bed #1 etc. geology in the black splotches.


Lastly is a specimen with a matix that has little kinship with either the Priday type or the Bed #1 etc. type – a smooth brick-red stone that seems to have more in common with Brown Ranch or somewhere like that.  This comes from a small deposit “On the Road to the New Ledge Jasper Bed”

There are some more of these obscure Richardson locations still to polish, so keep an eye out for those in the future.