Posts from the ‘Germany’ Category

Some New German Specimens

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I just managed to perform an update to the gallery, including some nice new German specimens.  The above is a Wendishain Thunderegg and definitely an improvement on what was there before.  One of my most prized saxonty specimens.  Here is another Wendishain spcimen:

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Also uploaded is a tiny yet lovely specimen from the super-rare location Meisenstein – only the second I have ever seen:

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A Seebachsfelsen thunderegg showcasing the most beautiful form the location can take, with green-tinged matrix and colourful banded agate.  This one could use reworking to get rid of the chips on the face, but is still a beautiful specimen:

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And lastly, a few new specimens of the most ghostly of the white ghosts of the kaolin pits, Gröppendorf.  These stark white stones, less common than their cousin Querbitzsch, are starting to come across with a distinct identity of their own.

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A Thunderegg that Changed Over Time

It’s one of my most prized thundereggs – a large Gottlob specimen from Germany with amethyst.  But also, this is one of the very few thundereggs I’ve ever seen that have changed over time.  When I first got it, about 5 years ago or thereabouts, I scanned it as usual and added it to my gallery:

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However, over time, the agate lost its clarity – the colours brightened.  Preparing to sell it’s other half as part of a downsizing, I finally got round to imaging the rock a second time – again by scanner.  Side by side, the difference is quite dramatic.

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German thundereggs are much older than most of the US specimens, yet this one transformed in just a few years after being dug up.  I have two shelves full of Gottlobs, but this is the only one to have transformed to anything close to this extent.  It’s still beautiful – maybe even more so.

 

Check out more Gottlobs here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/germany/index_Gottlob.html

Schmücke and Felsenschlag Thundereggs

Some new specimens from Schmücke, Thuringia, Germany – an area that is a very near neighbor of the famous Felsenschlag but considerably rarer.

For comparison, here is a new Felsenschlag specimen:

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Click here to see the full gallery of Felsenschlags – almost fifty of them.

New German Specimens

A run-down of some new specimens recently uploaded to the gallery.

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Rötelsteinpfad am Güdesweiler Thunderegg – an unusually large specimen for a location that is very often incomplete and damaged. 

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Kniebreche – a super-rare location, unfortunately given how beautiful they can be. 

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Another Kniebreche specimen.

New Location: Ravensberg Mountain

Located near Bad Sachsa, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) – a state that provides very few thundereggs compared to some of the others. These are a distinctive location, with beautiful flowbanding and thin bands of sometimes vivid red agate. I have now added a page of them on the gallery, and here are some of the best ones.

The White Ghosts of the Kaolin Mines (Again)

Querbitzsch Thunderegg

I am totally besotted with Querbitzsch thundereggs.  I really think that when they are at their best, they are among the most beautiful in the world – and much of the time they don’t have anything that can be called ‘agate’ at all. They are just magical! White ghosts of the Kaolin pits …

There will be more of these.

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Sailauf Update

Again, mea culpa … some more stones that have been hanging around for far too long, this time from the two Sailauf locations in Germany.

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This is a Hartkoppe specimen that really brings the location to life – very intricate and beautiful.   5.3cm

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The above is a rather different specimen from Rehberg – much larger (12.5cm)  and with a curiously neat core of simple solid agate.  I like it for it’s shape.

And finally one more small Hartkoppe specimen, showing fiery red agate.

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