New Oregon Locations – Fuston, Wild Iris etc.

The intricacies of what one might term the Richardson family of thundereggs (which sprawl all over Oregon it seems!) are enough to make a collector like me with only a vague understanding of it all curl up in a corner.  For a long time, the Richardson section of the gallery has been a mark of shame for me – a largely unclassified heap with some of the most famous thunderegg beds in the world largely just thrown into a pile together.  In my defence though, well, just look at these things?  How exactly is one supposed to tell some of them apart?  Red bed?  Blue bed?  Especially when you see how much they vary within the beds themselves as well.

To celebrate me finally getting up off my arse and beginning the process of fixing all this, and just to muddy the confusion even more, here are a few new locations that I have managed to acquire and publish.  With my hat in my hand, I might as well confess that there is no way I would be able to distinguish some of these from others in this area, and if I didn’t already have my hat in my hand, I would take it off to those who can.

First up is South Blue Bed.  As one might expect, this is a bed located a bit to the south of the famous Richardson Blue Bed, which I sometimes suspect makes up around 95% of the thundereggs on the market!  To me, this looks like a new point of access to the same bed, but the dealers seem quite happy to run with the new tag so I will as well.  Here are two new specimens from South Blue, which recently arrived.   Both very cute stones and ones I am very happy to have representing this new location on the gallery.

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Another new discovery has also appeared on the scene very recently.  Sniffed out by Jason Hinkle about 15km from Richardson, there are very few Wild Iris bed thundereggs on the market so far.  In spite of the distance from Richardson, the similarity is still pronounced, though I am wondering whether the matrix is displaying a distinct richness and dark colour?  More specimens will be needed to say for sure.

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Although there will almost certainly be more spectacular specimens of this location, this was one of the first small batch ever to be made available anywhere, which gives it a certain special feeling (almost like a first edition book!). Aside from that though, the complexity of that interior and my uncertainty how on earth it formed the way it did, as well as the simple depth of that clear agate, make this a very striking stone for me. The sort you can turn over in your hands, getting ever-changing views deep inside.

The last new location for the moment is the obscure Fuston thunderegg.  Not often seen and with a distinctively worn and faded looking matrix, this is a location I know very little about.  Here though is a specimen showing some nice moss filaments.

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Just to finish off, a few specimens from more familiar locations that are worth a look.  Here is a Pony Butte specimen doing what that location does best – striking moss structures.

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And lastly, a Pony Creek stone that is notable for being one of the few thunderegs to be substantially filled with something other than quartz/agate.  Trouble is I am not sure what this stuff is!  My ignorance of geology rather shows itself when presented with specimens like this one.  Still – a very unusual and striking thunderegg!

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P.S.  Please bear with me while I sort out the Richardson galleries.  At the moment there’s still a big ‘roadworks’ sign over them all and for the next few days/weeks there may be stones in the wrong places and links that do not work.  However, at least I have made a start and it WILL be sorted soon I promise.

New Location – Rimrock, Washington State

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As strange and ghostly a specimen as I have ever seen – this is a Rimrock thunderegg.  I cant tell you that much about it unfortunately, save that it is an exciting new location for the gallery.

Bear Mountain Beauty

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Bear Mountain, New Mexico is not a new location on the gallery, but this is the first time I have managed to track down specimens of any real quality that demonstrate what the location is capable of.  These two specimens demonstrate some interesting, not to say beautiful mineral growths and some nice mocha coloured agate.  Click here to visit the New Mexico gallery.bearmountain02

New Country, New Location – Ugam River, Uzbekistan

ugam01This beauty is one of the most obscure new locations to come along in a while – the Ugam River, Uzbekistan.  I don’t know much about it save that it is from the Taskent region and I did hear that the location has been lost in a border/military zone, which has to be the most miserable fate to befall any thunderegg location!  This is the only specimen I have, but it is now launched on the gallery.

The Lesbian (Ok, Lesbos!) Thunderegg

lesbos01I am sure a certain mindset would have no trouble finding all sorts of jokes about this new location – and I also suspect my blog will be turning up in some interesting search results now – but all that pales against the fact that I have just launched a gallery of one of the most exciting new locations to come along in a while and a brand new country.  Thundereggs from the Greek Isle of Lesbos.  These are extraordinary stones – superficially drab but very complex and interesting when you get to know them.

Characterised by off-centre cores and stormy grey chalcedony, these produce some of the best close-up shots I have seen in a while.  I have shared one of these before on the blog here and they have been all over my facebook page, but now I am finally launching the formal gallery of them with the whole specimens.

Click here to take a look: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/Greece.html

Here are some of the close-up detail shots, to give you an idea of the worlds that reside within these wonderful rocks:

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The Top Köpfchen and a Gallery Update

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This is probably the top Köpfchen thunderegg that I have been lucky enough to find in my current work with the location – and to celebrate I have launched an update of the Köpfchen page on the Eibonvale Gallery.  In addition, I have recently treated myself to a basic digital microscope, so these are the first thundereggs to be accompanied by some really close-up details.  I attach a few of the best ones (from various stones) here below.

Click here to visit the Köpfchen page on the Eibonvale Gallery.  I hope to start getting some more updates online soon.  There are plenty of interesting new locations awaiting attention.

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Kopfchens, the Sequel – Continuing to Raise their Ugly Head

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Very complex specimen with Pseudomorphs

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Simple specimen with agate banding

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Rough and ready with massive crystal growth.

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Barite geode!

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