This week we feature a unique treasure provided by Mother Earth - Baker "Thundereggs" (agate geodes), from Luna County, New Mexico. These thundereggs are highly prized for their unique and spectacular color variations from beige and gray to brown and red, and their limited availability.
Baker Geodes at Taos Rockers - Uniquely New Mexican
Baker Geodes are known the world over for their uniquely colorful banding - most geodes are shades of gray, and at most two colors. As seen in the photos, Baker geodes range from rich creams to dark browns, orangey-pink to intense red, with lots of colors in between.
Taos Rockers' Baker geodes were all obtained from collectors in Las Cruces, New Mexico, who mined, cut, and polished each one - these were not sent to China or Mexico for inexpensive processing!
The "Baker Ranch" mine, home to these unique geodes, was located about 35 miles southwest of Deming in Luna County, NM. It is now closed and the area in-filled. When the area was open for "mining" the thundereggs, most were found in the loose perlite deposits associated with local rhyolite volcanic rocks. It's postulated that the rich colors in the Baker geodes comes from iron and other metals that leached into the groundwater from regional basaltic and andesitic volcanic rocks.
Through October 31, 2020, get a free acrylic display stand when you buy any Baker thunderegg from Taos Rockers ($35 or more), in-store and online.Below, top:
Baker Thunderegg (agate geode), polished single. Width-depth-height = 105 x 75 x 30 mm = 4.1 x 2.95 x 1.2 in. WH192163, $110.Below, middle:
Baker Thunderegg (agate geode), polished single. Width x Height x Depth = 90 x 60 x 50 mm = 3.5 x 2.4 x 2.0 in. WH192171, $90.Below, bottom:
Baker Thunderegg (agate geode), polished pair (two halves). Width x Height x Depth = 75 x 70 x 30 mm = 2.95 x 2.8 x1.2 in. WH192172, $95.