This stone . . .
. . . maybe isn’t going to win any awards for fascination. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more basic thunderegg: A smudge of agate in a dull brown matrix. Some of the marbling in there is quite striking though, I’ll say that.
This little stone (5cm) turned up among a batch of Lierbachtals I was cutting a while back and a just shrugged, muttering to myself about the endless variety of those Black Forest beauties – and I almost put it in the junk pile. But no, I thought. This gallery is not (only) about fine quality specimens, it is about diversity. So I kept it – and published it. And it did not take long for someone to come along and tell me I had a new location in my gallery without even knowing about it. Yup – this was my first glimpse of a Baden Baden thunderegg, which I hadn’t even heard of until then! Still – a curiosity rather than something magnificent, I thought. A second then turned up in that same box of Lierbachtals, and I haven’t even got round to polishing it yet! Just . . . dull!
So nothing like this then:
It’s funny how stone collecting can work out. I found the above on ebay quite by accident just days after I discovered they existed. And yet again I am proved wrong – I should know by now never to dismiss any location, no matter how ugly it seems!
But anyway – here then is another great German thunderegg – considerably less well-known than many. Characterised by red agate, when it is coloured at all, and often prone to fractures and fragility. The matrix ranges to almost pure white and it would be pretty non-descript if it wasn’t for the faint hints of ‘onion rings’ as faint lines in the rock. The mix of pale and red and crystal is very tasty!
Here’s one more. A bit flawed but showing off the red quite nicely.
And click here to see the other halves of some of them on the gallery.