The above stone has been with me for a long time – a lovely little specimen from the Baumgartental East Side location (from the east side of the valley). It is still one of the best Baumgartentals I have seen, and I have worked with quite a lot. I have just updated the gallery with a few new stones – the best of the ones that have passed through my hands in the past few years. And for the first time this begins to show just how changeable these stones can be.
For a long time, i was working with a distinctly different form with a far paler and more distinctly two-tone matrix. Like this:
It has to be said that once i acquired a stock of these they stuck to their basic formula pretty tightly – all very similar with very reduced agate and quartz ranging from decayed mess to glitteringly brilliant.
They were beautiful stones, but not the most varied, i thought, so it became a game of finding one with slightly brighter quartz maybe – or a slightly better shape. Yes – I was even getting what you might call board! But of course – that’s the thing about a specific batch that you acquire – dug up from one patch of ground maybe – one small area of the infinite geology of the earth . . .
Compare, for example, with the following:
Both these last two specimens are tiny – just 4.5cm across. And maybe this also changes the rules somewhat. At any rate, finding these small stones, the very first ones to emurge from a small batch I acquired, suddenly opened the location up again! Jolted me out of any weird Baumgartental reverie. There will be more of these as I slowly work through them. And the one thing they do prove is what an amazing location Baumgartental can be!