If you aren't familiar with thundereggs, they are a unique agate formation that occurs in the volcanic strata here in the Pacific Northwest. Bubbles that formed in pyroclastic volcanic flows millions of years ago have been transformed into these unique agate nodules. They get their name from the Native American tribes of the area who tell the story of how the volcanos in the Cascade mountain range would war with one another, stealing the eggs from the thunderbird and hurling them great distances at each other.
To us lapidaries, they represent a cornucopia of unique and beautiful agate formations that are used in everything from jewelry to spheres. I like cutting them in half and polishing the best of them to show off the spectacular agate formations hidden inside. Each is unique and different, though each known bed of eggs follows some sort of predictable theme.
The Dolly Parton eggs come from the Ochs Ranch north of Madras and are consistently some of the largest thundereggs in the state. They seem to get their name both for their size and the relatively high percentage of "doubles" that, well, helped make Dolly famous. Thundereggs are the official state rock in Oregon and are a favorite among collectors all over the world. The matrix and agate both take a lustrous polish that has to be seen in person to be appreciated. These eggs have the agate color of Succor Creek and the matrix Color of the Blue Bed eggs. The orange tinted matrix forms a beautiful natural frame around the blue/gray agate, and will undoubtedly spark lots of conversations about how such an oddity might have formed!
It's a half nodule that's been cut with a diamond saw then ground and polished on a series of specially designed flat laps we built just for this purpose. The stone started out about the size of a pair of cantaloupes! The polish we achieve with this equipment is what really sets our stones apart! It measures about 10 1/4" across the polished face. It weighs 11.16 lbs. which can be shipped most economically via UPS ground.
Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary is happily providing UPS shipping to greatly reduce shipping charges on large rock orders. We will combine auction items or provide additional items from our shop to bring you the greatest possible value in fine Lapidary & stone collectibles!