Schmiedeberg by Dippoldeswalde – An Obscure but Colourful Saxony Location

A rare and obscure Saxony location that is distinctly different to most others that I have seen from the region. These may seem insignificant compared to the mighty agate specimens from other locations, but these are actually the kind of interesting and subtly beautiful specimens that I really love. They come from a solitary source of porphyry in southern Saxony.

They have cores of silicified mud, rough chalcedony, quartz or just interesting swirls and stains. Surprisingly colourful and I look forward to examining some more of these.

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They are sometimes known as Altenberg eggs, but that name is rather less specific.  I had an Altenberg thunderegg on the gallery for some time, but now I am happy to publish a page containing several more Schmiedeberg by Dippoldeswalde specimens.

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More of these are on the way, and I look forward to seeing what else the location has to offer.

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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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Richardson Moss Bed Update

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A few new specimens have been added to the Richardson Ranch Moss Bed gallery.  I was shocked how little there was on there when I checked – not updated for years and not containing anything particularly good.  But anyway – these new specimens hopefully make up for that.  It’s such a fine location.  There will be more in the future as I have several of these waiting unpolished downstairs.

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Three New and Unusual Richardson Ranch Locations

Here are three more specimens from Richardson Ranch that are not from any of the familiar beds.  As usual, there is only so much I can say about these and the tags consist of little more than rough guides to the area in which they are found.  Nevertheless, they provide some new ideas of just what that ranch is capable of producing.

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First up is an absolute stunner, in my opinion – and also the most mysterious.  This was not from any of the hundred or so locations on the ranch, this was a ‘float egg’ – by which I mean a lost rock just lying on the ground, with all the mystery that entails. You can see this in the very brittle and fractured matrix. The colours here are rather different from anything I have seen before – indeed, this is one of the most beautiful matrixes I have ever seen from this area.

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The above specimen is from a small deposit “On the Road to the Opal Bed” and it shows a very clear kinship with the Bed #1 etc. geology in the black splotches.

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Lastly is a specimen with a matix that has little kinship with either the Priday type or the Bed #1 etc. type – a smooth brick-red stone that seems to have more in common with Brown Ranch or somewhere like that.  This comes from a small deposit “On the Road to the New Ledge Jasper Bed”

There are some more of these obscure Richardson locations still to polish, so keep an eye out for those in the future.

New Thundereggs from a New Country: China

Kind of like the old joke about the buses … you wait hours for one to turn up, then a bunch of them all come along at once!  China had been a bit of a blank of the Thunderegg map for a while, with the odd Fire Mountain specimen turning up VERY occasionally and nothing more.  But then things suddenly changed.  No less that four more locations suddenly appeared on the market, starting with Pujiang a year or so ago … Now, China is on the scene – and now I have got three of the five locations on the gallery as well.  The other two to follow.  Hopefully they will remain on the scene now because I can tell you, these can be stunning stones and further locations would be extremely exciting.

Click here to see the full china gallery, or see some highlights below.

Two Rare Oregon Green Locations and a Frieda

Two extremely rare green thunderegg locations from Oregon, USA.These are not new locations to me but these are definitely rare enough for me to get excited over and I can’t resist sharing.  The fact that they are both fruit, also brings these together rather well.  🙂

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The above is a Lemon Tree – a very nice specimen with a simple core.

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This one is a Little Apple. I have only seen a couple of these before in my life.

I have also finally upgraded my Frieda gallery with a new specimen.  Frieda thundereggs aren’t exactly rare – but Frieda thundereggs that really appeal to my particular personal tastes do seem to be. Finally found one that I really really love though!

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Some More Polish Rock Porn – And Something More Unusual.

I have just uploaded some interesting new specimens from Poland to the gallery – some of the greatest Thunderegg locations in the world!

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This beautiful specimen is from the closed Nowy Kościół sub-location Wrzynka – one of the few specimens I actually have a bed name for. More striking is the very unusual matrix colour.  This is not typical of Wrzynka, or any other sub-location that I am aware of and the ghostly white gives it a very special feeling indeed.

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Another Nowy Kościół specimen with a known sub-location – simply described as “The Wood on the Mountain“.  As you can see, a complex specimen with a much more familiar matrix.

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Next up is something rather more unusual. This one is from the Owczarnia Hills, not far away from Sokolwiecz – presumably a wholly new location to me, which is exciting given how few locations Poland seems to possess.

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And lastly, talking of Sokolwiecz, here is one – a substantial upgrade of the location and a fine example of the rich dark colours the area produces.

Lurking somewhere in my boxes is an excellent Gozdno specimen as well, still awaiting polishing.  Keep an eye out for that!