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
Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Stud Earrings 1/10 Carat (ctw) in 10K Yellow Gold
Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Stud Earrings 1/10 Carat (ctw) in 10K Yellow Gold #01JX001010. Cute and versatile, you can pull off wearing these 10 karat yellow gold diamond solitaire stud earrings with just about any outfit. Two beaming princess cut...Only $89.00 at MyJewelryBox.com
no photoPrincess Cut Diamond Solitaire Stud Earrings 1/10 Carat (ctw) in 10K Yellow Gold
$89.00
MyJewelryBox.com
Women's Spiral Pav 1/5 Carat Diamond Ring 14k White Gold
Complement your engagement ring with this perfectly matched curved wedding ring in 14k white gold. Each ring carefully crafted for you and will take a couple weeks to arrive. Size: OSFA. Color: white gold/diamond. Gender: female. Age Group: adult.Only $820.00 at Blue Nile
no photoWomen's Spiral Pav 1/5 Carat Diamond Ring 14k White Gold
$820.00
Blue Nile
Plain Shank Floating Halo Engagement Ring 14k White Gold, size 3 - 9
Magnificently refined, this 14k white gold engagement ring features a sparkling pav-set diamond halo and your choice of center diamond. Size: 3 - 9. Color: white gold. Gender: female. Age Group: adult.Only $550.00 at Blue Nile
no photoPlain Shank Floating Halo Engagement Ring 14k White Gold, size 3 - 9
$550.00
Blue Nile
Cultured Freshwater Pearl Infinity Ring with Diamonds in 10K White Gold
Cultured Freshwater Pearl Infinity Ring with Diamonds in 10K White Gold #08CH00927PFW. A single, perfect freshwater pearl crowns a diamond adorned infinity band crafted from polished 10 karat white gold. One interlacing band of white gold is plain and...Only $143.20 at MyJewelryBox.com
no photoCultured Freshwater Pearl Infinity Ring with Diamonds in 10K White Gold
$143.20
MyJewelryBox.com
14K White Gold Ring with Peridot - Organic Stacking Ring Set
These three stack rings have interesting organic shapes that are each unique but work in concert. Each of the three separate bands dazzles with gemstones and the center ring also has delicate leaves that reach over the flanking rings for added dimension.Only $875.00 at Gemvara
no photo14K White Gold Ring with Peridot - Organic Stacking Ring Set
$875.00
Gemvara
.85 Carat Tanzanite Bow Ring With Diamond Accents in 14kt Yellow Gold
Here's a sweet solitaire ring with a .85 carat oval tanzanite highlighted by diamond accents. The bow design gives it a charming touch. 14k yellow gold ring.Only $495.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo.85 Carat Tanzanite Bow Ring With Diamond Accents in 14kt Yellow Gold
$495.00
Ross-Simons
.41 ct. t.w. Diamond Cluster Ring in 14kt White Gold
This pretty little cluster ring rounds up baguette and round diamonds which shimmer along the split-shanks and around the floral-inspired center. Total diamond weight is equal to .41 carats. 14kt white gold ring. Diamond birthstones are the perfect...Only $479.95 at Ross-Simons
no photo.41 ct. t.w. Diamond Cluster Ring in 14kt White Gold
$479.95
Ross-Simons
Women's Milgrain Pave 1/4 Carat Diamond Ring 14k White Gold
Delicately crafted, this pave diamond ring in 14k white gold features diamonds along the top of the ring to create a fine line of brilliance and a milgrain edge for a vintage touch. Size: OSFA. Color: white gold/diamond. Gender: female. Age Group: adult.Only $710.00 at Blue Nile
no photoWomen's Milgrain Pave 1/4 Carat Diamond Ring 14k White Gold
$710.00
Blue Nile
"14k Gold 14mm Wide With 0.65ct Diamond Bridal Engagement Ring"
"14K Gold 0.65Ct Diamond bridal engagement ring with matching band; measures approximately 14mm W across the top. Diamonds are H color SI clarity."Only $735.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold 14mm Wide With 0.65ct Diamond Bridal Engagement Ring"
$735.00
Sarraf Jewelry
"14k Gold 3.0m Snake Bracelet For Pandora Charm 9.0"""
"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 $560.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold 3.0m Snake Bracelet For Pandora Charm 9.0"""
$560.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Petite Solitaire Engagement Ring 14k White Gold, size 3 - 9
Elegant in simplicity, this petite solitaire engagement ring is crafted in polished 14k white gold to create a classic frame for your center diamond. Size: 3 - 9. Color: white gold. Gender: female. Age Group: adult.Only $350.00 at Blue Nile
no photoPetite Solitaire Engagement Ring 14k White Gold, size 3 - 9
$350.00
Blue Nile
"14k Yellow Gold Round Diamond Solitaire Promise Ring 1/6ctw"
"A traditional diamond solitaire Promise/engagement ring. This ring features a dazzling 1/6 carat round diamond of G color, SI1 clarity set in a 3.8mm 14k yellow gold band. Perfect as a promise ring or engagement ring."Only $360.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Yellow Gold Round Diamond Solitaire Promise Ring 1/6ctw"
$360.00
Sarraf Jewelry
14kt Yellow Gold Bangle Bracelet. 7"
This slip-on bangle bracelet from our is bound to be your go-to piece. Made from only the finest resin-cored 14kt gold, you'll love the lightweight durability. 14kt yellow gold over resin bracelet.Only $221.25 at Ross-Simons
no photo14kt Yellow Gold Bangle Bracelet. 7"
$221.25
Ross-Simons
Hand Engraved Wedding Band Carved Ring in 14k Yellow Gold (4.5mm)
This gorgeous hand engraved wedding band is elegantly carved with a unique and stylish design. This is a comfort-fit band, which means it has rounded inside edges to provide you with the ultimate comfort.Only $680.00 at Allurez.com
no photoHand Engraved Wedding Band Carved Ring in 14k Yellow Gold (4.5mm)
$680.00
Allurez.com
Golden Drusy Star Ring in Sterling Silver
Natural crystals give this golden drusy ring star power. Sterling silver ring.Only $69.95 at Ross-Simons
no photoGolden Drusy Star Ring in Sterling Silver
$69.95
Ross-Simons

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