THE MINERAL NATIVE GOLD


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
"114 Gold Men's American Indian Cubic Zirconia Ring"
"14K Gold Men's two-tone Indian Chief Cubic Zirconia ring; measures approximately 27mm W x 24mm across the top."Only $627.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"114 Gold Men's American Indian Cubic Zirconia Ring"
$627.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Oval Red Garnet 14K Rose Gold Engagement Ring with White Sapphire - Penelope Ring (8mm gem)
A brilliant halo of gems surrond a center gemstone. Carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $855.00 at Gemvara
no photoOval Red Garnet 14K Rose Gold Engagement Ring with White Sapphire - Penelope Ring (8mm gem)
$855.00
Gemvara
Classic Tapered Four Prong Engagement Ring 14k White Gold, size 3 - 9
Simply elegant, this solitaire engagement ring in 14k white gold is crafted to taper to a point and frame your center diamond in a four-prong design. Size: 3 - 9. Color: white gold. Gender: female. Age Group: adult.Only $320.00 at Blue Nile
no photoClassic Tapered Four Prong Engagement Ring 14k White Gold, size 3 - 9
$320.00
Blue Nile
"14k Gold 3.0m Snake Bracelet For Pandora Charm 6.5"""
"This snake bracelete˙has the solid and smooth contemporary feel that is always in style. With this chain, you will stand out in a crowd. You wear it all by itself or spice it up by adding your favorite beads, enhancers, or slides. Crafted from...Only $404.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold 3.0m Snake Bracelet For Pandora Charm 6.5"""
$404.00
Sarraf Jewelry
"14k Yellow Gold 13mm Men's Two-tone Flat Top Signet Ring"
"14K Gold Men's two-tone Flat Top Signet ring; measures approximately 13mm W x 13mm across the top."Only $278.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Yellow Gold 13mm Men's Two-tone Flat Top Signet Ring"
$278.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Mens 5mm Wedding Band in 10K White Gold
Mens 5mm Wedding Band in 10K White Gold #08BK35010WGM. This remarkable 10 karat white gold 5mm wedding band maintains a truly traditional straight inside with a milgrain profile. SKU: 08BK35010WGMOnly $199.20 at MyJewelryBox.com
no photoMens 5mm Wedding Band in 10K White Gold
$199.20
MyJewelryBox.com
Benchmark Mens 8mm Satin Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 10K White Gold
Benchmark Mens 8mm Satin Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 10K White Gold #08BK780210W. This popular 10 karat white gold 8mm Comfort Fit carved design wedding band features a satin-finish with a high polished round edge for noticeable style. SKU: 08BK780210WOnly $399.20 at MyJewelryBox.com
no photoBenchmark Mens 8mm Satin Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 10K White Gold
$399.20
MyJewelryBox.com
Italian 14kt Yellow Gold Shiny Dome Ring
Here's a super glossy dome ring in a gorgeous tapered design. Made in Italy. 14kt yellow gold ring.Only $195.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoItalian 14kt Yellow Gold Shiny Dome Ring
$195.00
Ross-Simons
Princess Cut Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring 1/2 Carat (ctw) in 14K Yellow Gold (Certified)
Princess Cut Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring 1/2 Carat (ctw) in 14K Yellow Gold (Certified) #08CE182750. A stunning solitaire diamond, 1/2 carat (ctw) sits in a 4 prong setting of lustrous 14 karat yellow gold. SKU: 08CE182750Only $956.00 at MyJewelryBox.com
no photoPrincess Cut Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring 1/2 Carat (ctw) in 14K Yellow Gold (Certified)
$956.00
MyJewelryBox.com
Diamond Heart Engagement Ring & Wedding Band Set 2/5 Carat (ctw) in 10K Yellow Gold
Diamond Heart Engagement Ring & Wedding Band Set 2/5 Carat (ctw) in 10K Yellow Gold #08GS2490940. This adorable 2/5 carat (ctw) engagement ring and wedding band set bursts with the luster of over thirty shimmering white diamonds in both channel and...Only $579.00 at MyJewelryBox.com
no photoDiamond Heart Engagement Ring & Wedding Band Set 2/5 Carat (ctw) in 10K Yellow Gold
$579.00
MyJewelryBox.com
"14K White Gold 7.4mm Ring With 1ct. Synthetic Diamonds"
"An elegant and modern design ring with 1 round and Marquise Synthetic Diamonds Pave and prong set in to a solid 14K white gold. The measurements of the ring is 7.4mm wide."Only $225.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14K White Gold 7.4mm Ring With 1ct. Synthetic Diamonds"
$225.00
Sarraf Jewelry
"14k Gold Two-tone 7mm Children Square Flat-top Signet Ring"
"14K Gold two-tone Children Square flat-top Signet ring; measures approximately 7mm W x 7mm across the top. Features Greek Key design."Only $151.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold Two-tone 7mm Children Square Flat-top Signet Ring"
$151.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Blue Topaz and Diamond Petite Halo Ring 14k White Gold
Simple yet eye-catching, this blue topaz gemstone ring features a diamond halo design and alluring 14k white gold. Size: OSFA. Color: white gold/diamond. Gender: female. Age Group: adult.Only $750.00 at Blue Nile
no photoBlue Topaz and Diamond Petite Halo Ring 14k White Gold
$750.00
Blue Nile
Italian Multicolored Doublet Curb-Link Necklace Over Sterling. 20"
All things bejeweled were all the rage during the Renaissance and doublets played a starring role. With their big-gem look, these layered pairings are now enjoying a renaissance of their own. Here, three doublets of vibrant pink, lavender and purple...Only $475.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoItalian Multicolored Doublet Curb-Link Necklace Over Sterling. 20"
$475.00
Ross-Simons
Classic Four Prong Engagement Ring 18k White Gold, size 3 - 9
Simply elegant, this solitaire engagement ring is crafted in 18k white gold with a four-prong design to highlight your center diamond. Size: 3 - 9. Color: white gold. Gender: female. Age Group: adult.Only $360.00 at Blue Nile
no photoClassic Four Prong Engagement Ring 18k White Gold, size 3 - 9
$360.00
Blue Nile

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