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.

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"14k Yellow Gold 0.50ct Diamond Bridal Engagement Ring With Ma"
"14K Gold 0.50Ct Diamond bridal engagement ring with matching band; measures approximately 13mm W across the top. Diamonds are H color SI clarity."Only $683.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
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$683.00
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"14k Yellow Gold 8mm Wide Children Synthetic Amethyst Center Stone Ring"
"14K Gold Children CZ Center Stone ring; measures approximately 8mm W."Only $229.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
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$229.00
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Italian 14kt Yellow Gold Omega Necklace. 16"
This Italian 14kt gold 1.8mm Omega necklace is a slim and versatile domed creation, which looks fabulous on its own or as a vehicle for displaying your favorite pendant. 14kt yellow gold necklace.Only $650.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoItalian 14kt Yellow Gold Omega Necklace. 16"
$650.00
Ross-Simons
"14k Gold Ladies synthetic Diamonds Flower Cocktail Ring 12mm Wide"
"14K Gold ladies CZ Flower cocktail ring; measures 12mm W at its widest point."Only $244.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
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$244.00
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Pyramid Bracelet, Rose Gold - Eddie Borgo - Rose gold
Eddie BorgoPyramid Bracelet, Rose GoldDetailsThis Eddie Borgo bracelet, comprised of the New York designer's signature punk rock-inspired pyramids, makes a lasting impression by itself or stacked with more of your favorite hard-edged Eddie Borgo...Only $225.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoPyramid Bracelet, Rose Gold - Eddie Borgo - Rose gold
$225.00
Neiman Marcus
Men's Commemorative Genuine Half Dollar Money Clip in Yellow gold tone.
. Commemorate their special year with a gift of a half dollar money clip richly detailed with rope frame. 14k Gold-plated. Specify year: 1934-1947, Walking Liberty. (featured.). 1948-1963, Benjamin Franklin. (1955 not available.) 1964-2013, John F....Only $94.99 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photoMen's Commemorative Genuine Half Dollar Money Clip in Yellow gold tone.
$94.99
PalmBeachJewelry
"14k Gold 13mm Wide Cancer Zodiac Ring"
"14K Gold Ladies Zodiac ring measuring 13mm W x 13mm across the top; features horoscope symbol for Cancer."Only $291.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold 13mm Wide Cancer Zodiac Ring"
$291.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Men's 4mm 14kt White Gold Classic Figaro Chain Necklace. 20"
Incredibly luxurious 4mm men's figaro chain makes a classic fashion statement that's perfect for his year-round wear! Set in polished 14kt white gold.Only $896.25 at Ross-Simons
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$896.25
Ross-Simons
"14k Gold Onyx Initial Ring"
"14K Gold Onyx Initial ring; measures 14mm W x 14mm across the top."Only $509.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold Onyx Initial Ring"
$509.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Set of Five Cultured Baroque Pearl Stretch Bracelets, Gold Beads
This radiant, sophisticated set of five 7-8mm cultured freshwater Baroque pearl bracelets makes a chic style statement that will glam up any look! Wear them all together for a stacked look, separate them for added fashion versatility, or mix them up...Only $56.25 at Ross-Simons
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$56.25
Ross-Simons
"14k Gold 1.8 Mm Anchor Chain Anklet 11 Inches"
" 14K Gold 2.0 mm Anchor Anklet measuring 11 inches in length; features spring clasp. Made in Italy. "Only $139.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Gold 1.8 Mm Anchor Chain Anklet 11 Inches"
$139.00
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Girls 14K Gold Crystal Stud 2-pr. Earrings Set, Girls
Looking for sparkle, but not a lot of flash? Girls' crystal stud earrings in 14K gold are a great option. Set includes 2 pairs. Metal: 14K yellow goldStone: CrystalsBack: ScrewbackDimensions: 5x5mmJewelry photos are enlarged to show detail.Only $99.99 at jcpenney
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$99.99
jcpenney
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 $296.25 at Ross-Simons
no photo14kt Yellow Gold Bangle Bracelet. 7"
$296.25
Ross-Simons
14K White Gold Necklace - Gemini Pendant
This necklace by Damon Washington celebrates the astrological sign of Gemini, for those born from May 21 to June 21. If you are a quick-witted Gemini, like Heidi Klum and Angelina Jolie, I'm sure that you'll love how this pendant expresses your dual...Only $630.00 at Gemvara
no photo14K White Gold Necklace - Gemini Pendant
$630.00
Gemvara
14kt Yellow Gold Mini Initial Necklace
Little is big. Mini is major. Tiny is trendy. So go small and chic with a shining initial necklace in 14kt gold. 1/4" wide letter on a classic cable chain. Springring clasp, 14kt yellow gold necklace.Only $125.00 at Ross-Simons
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$125.00
Ross-Simons

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