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
"14k Gold Ladies 0.25ct Diamond Chevron Design Ring"
"A gorgeous cluster of round prong set .25Ct Diamond ring in set in to solid 14k yellow gold chevron design ring. The ring measures 13mm wide across the top and 3.5mm wide at the bottom. Made in USA"Only $395.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold Ladies 0.25ct Diamond Chevron Design Ring"
$395.00
Sarraf Jewelry
14kt Yellow Gold Diamond-Cut Bangle Bracelet
Here's an essential item for the gold-lover s jewelry collection! This 12mm 14kt gold bangle is finished with diamond-cut texturing to maximize its light-catching luster. Slightly flexible design. Textured 14kt yellow gold bracelet.Only $562.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo14kt Yellow Gold Diamond-Cut Bangle Bracelet
$562.50
Ross-Simons
1/10 CT. Diamond Solitaire 10K White Gold Ring, Womens
It's a traditional solitaire ring with a twist. The sleek 10K white gold band overlaps on each side and then meets up in the middle with its crowning glory: a round 1/10 ct. diamond solitaire. Metal: 10K white goldStones: 1/10 ct. diamondColor:...Only $474.99 at jcpenney
no photo1/10 CT. Diamond Solitaire 10K White Gold Ring, Womens
$474.99
jcpenney
Ring: Sterling Silver 18K Gold-Plated Pride Of Seattle Sapphire And Peridot Ring Jewelry
Ring: Sterling Silver 18K Gold-Plated Pride Of Seattle Sapphire And Peridot Ring - With the famous Space Needle and bustling waterfront district, the granddaddy of farmers' markets - Pike Place - plus a thriving art and cultural scene, Seattle has much...Only $119.00 at The Bradford Exchange Online
no photoRing: Sterling Silver 18K Gold-Plated Pride Of Seattle Sapphire And Peridot Ring Jewelry
$119.00
The Bradford Exchange Online
"14k Gold Mens Ring With Man Made Sapphire"
"14K Gold mens ring with cubic zirconia and Greek designs on the side. The measurements of the ring are .60"" tall and .60"" wide."Only $600.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold Mens Ring With Man Made Sapphire"
$600.00
Sarraf Jewelry
14K Gold His and Her Wedding Band Sets 14K-HH1540
Both wedding bands are 2.00 mm thick, 7mm wide and comfort fit. The inside of the wedding band has a rounded finish that will not pinch the skin of the finger and provides comfort for constant wear, resulting in a secure fit that still slides easily....Only $792.00 at WeddingBandsWorld
no photo14K Gold His and Her Wedding Band Sets 14K-HH1540
$792.00
WeddingBandsWorld
"14k Yellow Gold 11mm Toe Ring"
"Treat your feet with this 14K gold adjustable enamel lady bug design toe ring. You'll look and feel cute as can be with this shiny toe ring. The perfect accessory for all open-toed shoes. This item is 11.00mm wide."Only $111.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Yellow Gold 11mm Toe Ring"
$111.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Pear Green Amethyst 14K Rose Gold Ring with Black Diamond - Pear-Cut Candace Ring (9mm gem)
This stunning pear-shaped ring will flatter your finger. It's elegant tapering gem is so distinctive, it transforms this classic style into something beautifully distinctive.Only $875.00 at Gemvara
no photoPear Green Amethyst 14K Rose Gold Ring with Black Diamond - Pear-Cut Candace Ring (9mm gem)
$875.00
Gemvara
" 3/4 ct. Diamond Eternity band 3mm in 14k White gold"
"When you commemorate the unforgettable moments of your life with a Sarraf ring, you honor your life story with the finest craftsmanship available. This classic Eternity band is 3mm wide and has a total diamond weight of 3/4 ct. of G color and SI 1...Only $750.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo" 3/4 ct. Diamond Eternity band 3mm in 14k White gold"
$750.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Princess Blue Topaz 14K Rose Gold Ring with Rock Crystal - Princess-Cut Flora Ring (5mm gem)
A gorgeous, 5mm princess-cut center stone is flanked by accent gems set into the band. Tastefully stunning.Only $830.00 at Gemvara
no photoPrincess Blue Topaz 14K Rose Gold Ring with Rock Crystal - Princess-Cut Flora Ring (5mm gem)
$830.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver and 14kt Yellow Gold Cape Cod Bangle Bracelet
For those special times when a minimalist fashion statement will speak volumes for you, our Cape Cod bangle bracelet will be the one you slip n with total confidence! Sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold bracelet.Only $206.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoSterling Silver and 14kt Yellow Gold Cape Cod Bangle Bracelet
$206.25
Ross-Simons
5.36 TCW Emerald-Cut Emerald and Cubic Zirconia Ring in 18k Gold over Sterling Silver
Do you love diamonds? Then this is the ring for you. Love in script, with a heart for the O. The heart is accented with tiny diamonds. 18k gold over sterling silver. Sizes 5-10.Only $161.49 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo5.36 TCW Emerald-Cut Emerald and Cubic Zirconia Ring in 18k Gold over Sterling Silver
$161.49
PalmBeachJewelry
Round 10k Gold Diamond Accent Cross Ring
This cubic zirconia ring shimmers with 1.25 carats T.W. of brilliant Pave elegance. Wide band styling is masterfully designed in shining finish. 14 gold-plated. Sizes 6-10. (All carat weights are approximate and may vary slightly from those listed.)Only $189.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photoRound 10k Gold Diamond Accent Cross Ring
$189.99
PalmBeachJewelry
Heirloom Petite Pave Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold (1/8 ct. tw.), One Size
Delicately crafted, this petite 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...Only $530.00 at Blue Nile
no photoHeirloom Petite Pave Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold (1/8 ct. tw.), One Size
$530.00
Blue Nile
10.72 TCW Oval-Cut Mystic Fire-Colored Cubic Zirconia 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Ring
Color capitivating oval-cut blue sapphire ring captures the light fantastic with its luminous sparkle. 1 carat T.W. The blue sapphires are framed by shimmering round diamond accents. A great addition to your jewelry collection. Great gift for September...Only $66.49 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo10.72 TCW Oval-Cut Mystic Fire-Colored Cubic Zirconia 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Ring
$66.49
PalmBeachJewelry

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