Whilst sorting out the workshop during lockdown I rediscovered a box of ‘partial’ fossil fish. These pieces have all been professionally prepared and are totally natural. There are a variety of species but all the fish are all from the Green River Formation, Wyoming, USA and date from around 50 million years ago.
Each piece of limestone contains part of a fossil fish and I have framed them in groups as a ‘montage’. By their very nature each framed montage is unique and will be available in very limited quantity, probably only five or six frames in total.
Beautifully framed Madagascan ammonites presented in a diamond shaped opening rather than square, makes them stand out more than ever. Launched shortly before ‘lockdown’, examples of these eye catching pictures will be on our stand at this years’ shows.
This stunning museum grade crinoid slab has come from the Hunsrück Slate Mine, Bundenbach, Germany. The fine detail and Pyrite highlights create a fabulous assemblage of four different species of Early Devonian Crinoid.
This unique specimen contains four examples Hapalocrinus frehci, two of Parisangulocrinus zaeformis, one Triacrinus elongates and a Taxocrinus stürtzi.
Preparation of this fossil specimen was carried out by specialists using x-ray examination followed by micro abrasion to reveal the fine featherlike detail and Pyrite highlights.
Provenance for this piece is supplied by its’ sale at Sotherby’s, Paris, Histoire Naturelle, in October 2012
Hunsrück Slate Mine, Bunenbach, Germany
Lower Devonian 396-390 Million Years.
This fabulous specimen has now been framed by Ancient Wonders.
Just arrive from Madagascar this slice of fossil wood, from the ‘Araucaria’ or Monkey puzzle tree, is truly fantastic. Cut and polished on both sides to reveal the warm reds and golds. The preservation is so good that you can almost count the growth rings. Weighing in at over 11kg and 55cm across at its widest point this is a simply massive piece of 250 million year old fossil wood from the North West coast of Madagascar.
Just arrive from Madagascar this slice of fossil wood, from the ‘Araucaria’ or Monkey puzzle tree, is truly fantastic. Cut and polished on both sides to reveal the warm creams and golds. The preservation is so good that you can almost count the growth rings. The hole in the centre has, very unusually, been replaced by a stunning banded agate. Weighing in at over 10kg and 54cm across at its widest point this is a very impressive piece of 250 million-year-old fossil wood from the North West coast of Madagascar.
We have manage to purchase a small quantity of very high grade mirror like Iron Pyrite from the Huaron region of Peru. The exquisite crystals twinkle and glisten making it very tactile and a gorgeous addition to anyone’s collection. We have a small number of handpicked, hearts, spheres and eggs available and they will sell out very quickly. If you would like to see examples from our range contact us and we will either send pictures or bring them to a show near you.
Just acquired from an old French Collection are a small range of these beautiful and very rare, 250 Million Year old, Triassic Fish Nodules from Madagascar. Framed either as singles or as pairs they are striking and an amazing present for the “Fisherman” in your family.
We have managed to acquire a few gorgeous jewellery grade examples of Chrysocolla from Peru. We have less than a dozen pieces in total, a couple of spheres, three hearts and a few eggs. (We only picked the very finest gem quality examples)
If you collect hearts, spheres or eggs this is a must have. If you are interested contact us as the few examples we have will disappear very quickly.
Peru is an excellent source for Chrysocolla and there is a well-known mine called the Lily mine which is about 200 kilometers south of Lima. This mine produces a small quantity of beautiful quality Chrysocolla which is absolutely sky blue and stunning. The chrysocolla we have is of a very high quality and has a wonderful polish and has not needed to be stabilized at all. It has formed with some green Malachite and some black and almost metallic Tenorite. The mix of these colours makes for a very pleasing display piece of quality material. Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper and is one of the more challenging stones to polish. Top quality Chrysocolla is in very limited supply and is likely to disappear fast.