Thomsonite is one of the rarest varieties of the zeolite group and is most commonly found in radial sphere formations. Generally, the size of these ‘balls’ average in size between 2mm and 5mm, with anything being in the 5mm plus category being extremely rare. These specimens from Aurangabad are considered to be a freak occurrence as the balls are commonly in excess of 25mm and some examples with a diameter of 60mm upwards have been recorded. Specimens of this size and quality have been reported nowhere else in the world!
The colour of these specimens vary from pure white through to cream to yellow. There are also very few specimens that are stained a reddish brown colour – which is thought to be caused by inclusions of haematite. These specimens may be either partially or completely coloured and are especially sought after as they made up a very small part of the entire find.
The history of this find was that it was discovered by a farmer who had for years ploughed around a rock outcrop in his field, until in 2006 he tried to remove it. It was then that he discovered the Vug and lighting a candle he looked inside and discovered the Thomsonite specimens that we have for sale now.
It is probably an interesting little side line that we also have the specimen from the bottom of Vug that the candle wax from the farmers candle dripped on as he looked in. We have not put it up for sale though as it is a little bit of a direct link to history and besides, the wax is damn hard to remove! But, I digress ........
Anyway, the entire amount of specimen was removed and it totaled a little under 58 kilograms. This was then split between three Indian dealers, one of which was our own agent. We bought 10kg of this material from him, which equates to about 17% of the available worldwide supply and we decided to retain it instead of releasing it for sale in order to preserve the market. Today, we hold in excess of 75% of what is publicly available outside of collections and for sale.
Average prices for these specimens sit around US$400.00 and fluctuates between around US$100.00 and US$4,500.00 depending on the overall size of the specimen and the size of the largest ‘ball’ per piece. In addition, there were only four pieces in total that weighed in at over 1kg – one of which, you will find in our store; so be sure to visit the vault.
This is certainly your opportunity to acquire one of these unique items for your collection at a very reasonable price, however once they are sold, there will be no more.