THE MINERAL NATIVE GOLD

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Gold is a pleasure to own and possess, as many people have discovered throughout the ages and around the world. Gold is a very stubborn element when it comes to reacting to or combining with other elements. Keeping this in mind helps to explain many things about gold. There are very few true gold ores, besides native gold, because it forms a major part of only a few rare minerals, it is found as little more than a trace in a few others or it is alloyed to a small extent with other metals such as silver. Gold is almost indestructible and has been used and then reused for centuries to the extent that all gold of known existence is almost equal to all the gold that has ever been mined. Gold is a great medium metal for jewelry, as it never tarnishes. Native gold wires emerging from massive white quartz can make for a visually stunning specimen.

A few of the minerals that bear gold in their respective formulas are in a subclass of sulfides called the tellurides. The element gold seems to have an affinity for tellurium and this is one of the only elements that gold can bond with easily. In fact only a few rare tellurides are found without gold. A few of the tellurides are nagyagite, calaverite, sylvanite and krennerite. These are all minor ores of gold and their contributions to the supply of gold pales next to native gold's own contribution. Occasionally these minerals are associated with native gold.

There are a number of minerals that are aptly named "Fool's Gold" because only a fool could believe they are gold! Actually, it is easy for people who see shiny golden colored flakes sparkling at them from some rock they just picked up to believe that they have struck pay-dirt. Gold's ductility, sectility, density and softness are usually sufficient to distinguish it from the much cheaper imposters. The most famous "fool's gold" is the very common sulfide, pyrite. Chalcopyrite, marcasite and just about any golden colored sulfide has been also proven to be worthy the "fool's gold" moniker. Weathered flakes of biotite which can sport a bright yellow color and a nice flash of light when viewed just right have also been mistaken for gold.

Gold specimens are sometimes artistically stunning and a good investment as well. After all, it is gold, which never seems to lose its value. Good natural specimens are more expensive than their actual weight value. This is to be expected as good gold crystals are somewhat scarce (most are disolved, crushed, or melted down as part of the mining process) and the only justification for preserving a specimen is the expectation that it will bring a higher price in its natural state.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Color is golden "butter" yellow.
  • Luster is metallic.
  • Transparency is opaque.
  • Crystal System is isometric; 4/m bar 3 2/m
  • Crystal Habits include massive nuggets and disseminated grains. Also wires, dendritic and arborescent crystal clusters.
  • Cleavage is absent.
  • Fracture is jagged.
  • Streak is golden yellow.
  • Hardness is 2.5 - 3
  • Specific Gravity is 19.3+ (extremely heavy even for metallic minerals)
  • Associated Minerals include quartz, nagyagite, calaverite, sylvanite, krennerite, pyrite and other sulfides.
  • Other Characteristics: ductile, malleable and sectile, meaning it can be pounded into other shapes, stretched into a wire and cut into slices.
  • Notable Occurrences include California and South Dakota, USA; Siberia, Russia; South Africa; Canada and other localities around the world.
  • Best Field Indicators are color, density, hardness, sectility, malleability and ductility.

Gold Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Italian 14kt Yellow Gold Tiger Medallion Pendant With Black Enamel
Finely detailed with a roaring tiger's head, this exceptional statement medallion pendant brings a wild streak to your jewelry collection. Black enamel sets off the sculptural tiger within a circular Greek key design. Single bale fits up to a 4mm...Only $821.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoItalian 14kt Yellow Gold Tiger Medallion Pendant With Black Enamel
$821.25
Ross-Simons
4.00 ct. t.w. CZ Three-Stone Ring in 14kt White Gold
Go big with this 4.00 ct. t.w. CZ three-stone ring! The round brilliant-cut CZs create a magnificent look on the hand. 14kt white gold ring. CZ weights are diamond equivalents.Only $487.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo4.00 ct. t.w. CZ Three-Stone Ring in 14kt White Gold
$487.50
Ross-Simons
Angel Ring in 10k Gold
This delicate tennis bracelet mixes that special birthstone with clear Austrian crystals for a sparkly effect. Yellow gold tone. 7 1/4'' length. Specify birthstone. Birthstones are simulated gemstones.Only $123.49 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photoAngel Ring in 10k Gold
$123.49
PalmBeachJewelry
10k Gold Signet I.D. Ring
A ring of elegance with its classic design. Emerald-cut birthstone for added sophistication. 14k gold-plated. Sizes 5-10. Birthstones are simulated gemstones.Only $161.49 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo10k Gold Signet I.D. Ring
$161.49
PalmBeachJewelry
2.00ct Morganite Ring, Diamond Accents in 14kt Rose Gold Over Sterling
This perfectly pink 2.00 carat oval morganite ring twinkles with diamond accent sides for a soft and glamorous look. 14kt rose gold over sterling silver ring.Only $281.25 at Ross-Simons
no photo2.00ct Morganite Ring, Diamond Accents in 14kt Rose Gold Over Sterling
$281.25
Ross-Simons
45-pc. Service for 8 "Vienna Gold" Gold-Plated Stainless Steel Flatware by Towle Living
The elegant "Vienna Gold" stainless steel flatware set by Towle Living is perfect for the Holiday table, finely crafted with 24kt gold-plated accents along the edges of each handle. This 45-pc set includes eight 5-pc place settings (dinner fork, dinner...Only $65.99 at Ross-Simons
no photo45-pc. Service for 8 "Vienna Gold" Gold-Plated Stainless Steel Flatware by Towle Living
$65.99
Ross-Simons
1/7 TCW Round Diamond 10k Yellow Gold Peak Ring
The eternity band is a classic jewelry essential that outlasts the fads and trends of the moment. This contemporary birthstone eternity band contains bezel-set birthstones all around. Wear it in shining sterling silver. Sizes 5-10. Birthstones are...Only $237.49 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo1/7 TCW Round Diamond 10k Yellow Gold Peak Ring
$237.49
PalmBeachJewelry
1.63 TCW Princess-Cut Cubic Zirconia Halo Split Shank Ring in 18k Gold over Sterling Silver
Designed to impress this marquise-cut cubic zirconia ring radiates with channel-set cubic zirconia accents giving off 3.87 carats T.W. of splendid sparkle. 18k gold over sterling silver. Sizes 7-12.Only $66.49 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo1.63 TCW Princess-Cut Cubic Zirconia Halo Split Shank Ring in 18k Gold over Sterling Silver
$66.49
PalmBeachJewelry
"14k Gold Men's 16mm Mason Onyx Ring"
"14K Gold Men's Mason Onyx ring; measures approximately 16mm W x 13mm across the top."Only $349.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold Men's 16mm Mason Onyx Ring"
$349.00
Sarraf Jewelry
8.53 TCW Pear Cut Genuine Fire Topaz and Diamond Accented Ring in 10k Gold
Inspired by contemporary fashions, this smart and streamlined men's rectangular-shaped onyx ring is accented with round diamond accents in the front and to the side of the band. Exceptional styling in two-tone finish. 18k gold over sterling silver....Only $284.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo8.53 TCW Pear Cut Genuine Fire Topaz and Diamond Accented Ring in 10k Gold
$284.99
PalmBeachJewelry
"14k Gold Two Finger Name Ring"
"14K Gold Men's Two Finger name ring; measures approximately 10mm W x 40mm across the top."Only $701.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold Two Finger Name Ring"
$701.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Men's Diamond Accent 10k Yellow Gold Lion's Head Ring
A lovely round cubic zirconia center stone lends a modern aura to this two-piece wedding ring set shining with glistening rows of diagonally set cubic zirconia accents. Elegant enough to look genuine. .24 carat T.W. 18k gold over sterling silver. Sizes...Only $360.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photoMen's Diamond Accent 10k Yellow Gold Lion's Head Ring
$360.99
PalmBeachJewelry
"14k Gold Cz American Eagle Pendant 67mm W X 48mm H Inc"
"14K Gold CZ American Eagle pendant measuring 67mm W x 48mm H including hook."Only $855.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold Cz American Eagle Pendant 67mm W X 48mm H Inc"
$855.00
Sarraf Jewelry
"14k Gold 6mm His & 10mm Her's Wedding Ring Set With leaf Pattern"
"14K Gold 6mm His & 10mm Her's Wedding Ring Set; features prong-set round diamond solitaire with attachable matching diamond band, total diamond weight of .15ct."Only $727.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold 6mm His & 10mm Her's Wedding Ring Set With leaf Pattern"
$727.00
Sarraf Jewelry
"14K Yellow Gold 8Mm Ladies Cubic Zirconia Ring"
"Solid 14k yellow gold cubic zirconia ring. The ring width is 8mm. Made In USA"Only $253.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14K Yellow Gold 8Mm Ladies Cubic Zirconia Ring"
$253.00
Sarraf Jewelry

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