Archive for July, 2014

Green Updates – Killer Green, Donnybrook


I have been updating the gallery recently after a period of quiet.  The gallery of Killer Green thundereggs, one of the world’s finest green thundereggs, has been rejigged with several new specimens, including some spectacular amethyst ones, like the above.  Also a beautiful new specimen with rough mineral streamers:


I also took a re-scan of one of my favorite stones of all time.  I have had this one for years but now hopefully managed to capture the colours a bit better.  The amethyst here is little more than a smudge, but it forms a very striking and colourful whole.



See the full gallery here.

Donnybrook thundereggs have also seen a small update, mostly with rather more quirky specimens, such as this one that seems to contain a very odd little creature:

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I presume this is a slightly pillowy agate formation that threw out a white band (as common here) that just happened to connect and close off in precisely the right place.  Still it forms a bizarre little structure that is unique in my experience.  I also have the following small ‘fuzzy’ specimen with a texture that looks almost like toweling.  Also not so unusual here but a very quirky stone.  These are among the last of the Donnybrooks from the batch I cut a while back.

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See the full gallery here.

More updates soon I hope, including some unusual new locations!




New US State: Wyoming – New Super-Rare Location: Virgin Valley

thunderegg786Nothing like launching a whole new US state!  Here we have the first thunderegg I have ever even heard of from Wyoming – the so-called Virgin Valley.  It is a curious stone.  It might not excite agate lovers (all it has is very fine sparkly druze), but it is so drastically different from anything else I have seen from the US that it sure gets me excited.  It is a light-weight stone, both because it’s hollow and because the matrix is filled with air pockets in a manner more reminiscent of certain Saxony stones (Bokelwitz) than any other US location that I know of.

Incidentally, I created this image by photoshopping together a scan of the surface and a macro photograph deep into the geode, in an attempt to get a decent depth of focus.  It is next to impossible to get the entire stone in focus with the equipment I have, so this is an attempt to get around that.