Archive for February, 2011

New Location – Baumgartental Bed 2

As part of all my polishing/updating lately, here is a new location for you – Baumgartental Bed 2 from Thuringia, Germany.  I have to say, the complexity of the structure here and the hints of moss make this a really nice piece!

Baumgartental Bed 2 Thunderegg

Most striking though is how utterly different this is to the more familiar Baumgartental Bed 1 just across the valley.  The whole structure and formation seem a world away.  Indeed, looking at it I would not even have identified it as German!  Below is a specimen from Baumgartental Bed 1 for comparison:

Baumgartental Bed 1 Thunderegg

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General Update – New Stones, New Locations

It has been a while since my last update to the gallery (a long long looooong while) and stones have been building up.  Last night I finally got round to putting a whole slew of them online at last, including some very important specimens indeed.  I am now completely exhausted (!), but I thought I would share a few highlights here since there is no ‘latest additions’ section on the gallery itself.  I am really quite pleased and excited about these since these really are some absolutely top stones, in my opinion anyway!  First up, two very nice specimens from the Ochocos, Oregon:

This is a triple Viewpoint thunderegg with some beautiful colours. The ‘floor’ is especially striking. I have both halves and the other one is in the gallery.

And this is a Desolation Canyon stone – annoyingly a little incomplete but with some of the best moss I have seen in a long time.

This is easily the best Skull Springs stone I have ever seen and the first one I have polished myself. Absolutely takes my breath away with its colours and shapes.

One of the most exceptional of all the new stones is this truly stunning Naches River thunderegg from Washington State – it is almost unheard of to get such an undamaged specimen and if that wasn’t enough, this one has tilt formations (levelling lines in slightly different directions), showing that the stone moved at some point in it is history. Other half on the Gallery

Donnybrook, Oregon, is a relatively unusual location, but a monster like this 17cm specimen is especially striking. It is feature-rich and complex – a truly unusual stone.

I have made some very tentative first steps in splitting up the Richardson Ranch stones into their individual beds – at least I have launched a couple of new classifications on the gallery, though there is a long way to go yet to try and sort all these out. One of them is this very nice little Moss Bed stone.

And another is this true monster from one of the rarest beds, Bed #2. At over 20cm, this is another really unusual specimen.

A new location from the US – Mutton Mountain, Oregon, and a very cute small specimen – the first I have ever seen.

Continuing with the super-rare beds, at last I own a really nice Sandy’s Bed stone – the rarest of the Mill Creek area stones in the Ochoco Mountains, Oregon. This one is especially cute, with green speckling and levelling lines.

[I guess this means that I will be selling my old specimen – not such a nice one but a perfectly decent location piece. I’ll get it into the shop eventually, or if anyone is interested let me know.]

And finally for the USA, you just can’t go wrong with a Dugway Geode, Can you!

Meanwhile in Germany, we have a new location just launched – Schmücke (no jokes please!!). It’s part of the same geological process that created the Felsenschlags, so not surprisingly it is quite similar, but with a quiet subtlety that is all its own.

And talking of Felsenschlag, this stone has just been published. For some reason it is one of my all-time favorites, in spite of the few nasty cracks. The colours just seem fantastic.

And lastly is this amazingly coloured Nesselhof Specimen – it has been sitting on my shelf for a while, but I was shocked to realize that I hadn’t published it!!! I am hopeless!

 

There’s a way to go yet and i will hopefully be doing some more updating soon.  But these ones are the most important!

Gallery Update: New Country – Turkish Thundereggs Now Online

Well it took me long enough!  Yeah I know – I am a slow sod when it comes to this updating lark , but finally a full gallery of Turkish stones has been added to the Eibonvale Gallery.  Actually, some of these have been in the shop section for quite some time – but the problem there was that the best of them, the ones I will NOT be selling, have not been seen until now!  And there are some really amazing ones there too – for example:

Cubuk Thunderegg

All these stones come with the basic designation ‘Cubuk’ but it is quite obvious that there are several different beds involved.  I have no idea about any specific names, but I have attempted to classify them accordingly.  That first one above was a one-off in my experience – Most familiar is the Classic Brown form, as follows:

Cubuk Thunderegg

These are remarkably flawless and uniform agate, and an absolute joy to polish.  However, they are prone to invasion by moss and mineralization, just to make things interesting:

Cubuk Thunderegg

And are sometimes filled with spectacular sagenite:

However, these are joined by a reddish-matrixed irregular form of fissures and seams, like this:

And lastly, here is a one-off red specimen with agate so black that it was hard to scan!:

Cubuk Thunderegg

Click here to see the full gallery: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/turkey.html Any teething troubles, just let me know!

Many of these stones are for sale (though not that first one – yeah, I know – you hate me for it!) and some have been sold already.  If you are feeling rich and want to lay hands on a really unusual and collectable location, then take a look at the shop.  I am not really charging much markup on what I myself paid for these things – call it a moment of midsummer madness, but they really are something quite special.

http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/shop/eibonvale/Thundereggs%20from%20Turkey/index.html