Archive for January, 2016

Australian Updates – Couchy Creek, Yandina and Hummick

Three striking new Australian locations have been added to the gallery now – including some extraordinary beauties from Yandina (North Arm).  For me, these are easily one of the most beautiful Australian thundereggs of all – a truly stunning gentle and colourful aesthetic, often with inclusions.  Because they are so lovely, here are ALL THREE of them!

Next up is Couchy Creek.  This is a rare Australian location characterised by an extremely soft matrix, almost the consistency of chalk. The cores are usually pale grey-brown agate and crystal, sometimes with complex inclusions. For polishing, consolidation with glue/resin may be advisable. Below you can see a consolidated specimen (first) and an unconsolidated one showing visible wear. Please note though that the unconsolidated one has been ground into a smooth round shape!

And finally a real curiosity.  Hummick Creek is an unusual location that is usually a mudball or very close – but still highly distinctive and really beautiful. They have a pale subtle matrix usually in concentric circles, and often marked with flaws.
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Look out for more Australian stones soon.  There’s still plenty to go!

 

 

 

 

First Australian Updates: Chillago etc.

It is time to embark on a major Australian update.  There is quite a string of new locations that have accumulated and this will be a massive improvement to the Australia page on my gallery.  I will be working through them a few at a time, beginning now with one of the most beautiful of all – Chillago.  Chillagoe01

Chillago is an extremely rare and little known Australia location with a matrix that is very distinct from the more familiar locations, and often showing a very pronounced red agate. The above specimen is an absolute stunner!

Next up, i have finally added a Mt Tamborine – not so unusual but still difficult to find in any quality and tending to be quite high-value.

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There are plenty more new locations to come, but i have also updated some more familiar ones as well.  Here, for instance, is a classic Agate Creek – was there ever a type of thunderegg that was such a perfect representation of it’s country of origin as these? They just LOOK Australian – red earth, heat, desert, wild weird landscape …

This one is also a tilt egg – the lines in the core indicate that the ground moved at some point during formation. Seismic activity frozen in stone.

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Lastly for now, a more unusual Agate Creek, identified as coming from the so-called ‘Campsite Bed’ – something a bit different to normal.

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Keep an eye on the Australia page as more will be creeping on there soon – and i will present the best ones here, of course!