This is one of the newest offerings from the Sticks-in-Stones rockshop. It's a gorgeous agate nodule from the Baker Ranch Thunderegg mine south of Deming, New Mexico. These are some of the most colorful agate thunderegg nodules around. I've been doing some custom polishing work for one of the fellows that works the mine with the owner fairly regularly and he traded me a pile of uncut eggs for some recent work. I've been having a wonderful time cutting these little gems because they are so completely unpredictable. Many have plain crystal centers, but the best of them are either rich red, black or blue agates, while others are stalactite filled geodes or some combination of the two! One drusy variety is called a "cinnamon bowl" because of the dark red powdery crystals that line the exquisitely colored geode centers. The yield is fairly low on these eggs so the best ones fetch a high price, but... read more
The choice agate has one of the darkest, deepest shades of red you'll come across just before you get to purple!! It's a nice example of a Baker Ranch thunderegg agate nodule that actually opens up into a partial drusy cavity. The dark red center really shows what appear to be small needles and eyes in good light around the edges of the lens. Combine all that color with our mirror perfect polish and you've got a choice cabinet specimen!!