Thundereggs have been accumulating lately – and I have been sitting here miserably lazy! However, I have finally started a massive update and many new stones are now on-line. The first part of this update covers the old world and there are well over 100 new stones that have passed through my hands and a few that have stayed there!
Most exciting perhaps is a new location from Russia, tagged simply as the Ural Mountains. I have very little info beyond that but the stone is a lovely little thing with waterline agate. Almost ‘scenic’ of the grey Russian seas and distant Arctic ice . . .
Turkey has also yielded a new bed – one of the many tagged as simply Cubuk. This is a very different stone to anything I have seen before, with a beautiful mottled matrix. It’s a smaller stone than many from here.
However, Germany is the main area for updates. Here are a few of the best ones. Several new Spießberg stones are on-line, including this little beauty. I sold this one and I am now thinking I must have been insane to part with it. It has some of the best fortification agate I have ever seen from here and also note that strange horizontal line in the agate, which appears to be a very fine band of clear agate within the white.
Here also is a nice Mönchstal geode. The other half has been on the site for a while but now finally the pair are united. The colours are somewhat paler and subtler than usual from this location.
A Hohenstein Ernstthal thunderegg next. This is a location that has long frustrated me since most I have seen seem to suffer horrible from cracks and damage. This one though is a pretty nice one with a wonderfully colourful red and green core.
Not surprisingly it is Nesselhof and Lierbachtal – possibly my two favourite locations (which I have been polishing and selling a lot lately) that are featured most. Both these galleries are now massive, showcasing these very varied stones.
The above is a fantastic showcase of how complex these stones can be. There are so many details in this stone that it is hard to know where to start!
And this is a very small specimen with a simple but curious core. I am not sure really what is going on in here, save for the sagenite needles.
Moving on to Nesselhof, here is a selection of new stones:
This one been in the wars! Battered and fragile to begin with, broken on digging, then shattered again in the post to me. I had to salvage it as best I can. The result is rather sad – like a crippled pet. That agate though is something else, especially in closeup . . .
This is one of the great Simulacra, I think! See the little dancing man with the sad eyes? Dancing with his broken heart? I think it is one guy – it is a cut through one rock after all. So this is a stone of Loneliness and woe. I originally planned to sell this one, but when i spotted that, it instantly became a keeper.
Nesselhofs often seem to have a sadness about them, which may merit a special blog post one day . . . .
Look out for updates to US stones fairly soon, including many new locations and some amazing rocks. I will also be adding some beautiful new Esterel stones soon, and I will do a dedicated showcase here for those!