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Lena River Basin, Bulun District, Saha Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
Thumbnail, 1.7 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm
A fine, very baroque Russian gold nugget with some sharp casts showing in its form (either from original sharp crystals of gold, or from gold the cast over another object, now missing). From the gold collection of F. John Barlow, sold off in 1999. Mass is 8.5 grams.
Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
Miniature, 4.1 x 3.0 x 1.5 cm
SUPERB top-percentile gold miniature from this mine! One of the most lustrous, gorgeous gold miniatures we have seen from this mine, for sheer mirror-like brightness combined with razor sharp crystallization. Brilliant, top percentile luster adds to the impact of this specimen, making it among my favorite gold miniatures (specimens in the 1.5-2 inch size range) from this location. When seen in person, it looks like gold-colored aluminum foil, it is so bright and so beyond the normal quality for the locale.
near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 4.5 x 0.6 cm
This gold specimen is a nugget, but with unusual texture in that it looks crystallized at first. In fact, the surface is rugged and not smooth like most nuggets, but is not crystallized either. It presents as a huge surface area to weight ratio, since it is a thin "pancake" in form. Therefore you get a LOT of surface display impact when looking from the front, for this specimen, without spending a huge amount on weight of gold behind, that you cannot see anyhow. 47 grams (about an ounce and a half by weight, though it looks much more)
Rosia Montana, Verespatak, Alba Co., Romania
Cabinet, 10.0 x 6.0 x 2.0 cm
An incredible, significant, CABINET sized specimen that speaks to both the history and the beauty of golds from this district. For those who know what they are looking at, enough said! A nice provenance accompanies this piece. Joe Budd photos
Kilometer 88 District, West of Santa Elena, Venezuela
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 0.5 x 0.2 cm
This wonderful, elongated gold specimen is apparently spinel twinned with hopper growth. It exhibits classic Venezuelan habits. This exquisite crystal is a HUGE gold crystal, to be so sharp. Most of this size are severely deformed, even from this prolific locality. This one is elegant and sharp as heck. A killer specimen for people who like crystals for their quality as opposed to weight. It displays magnificently, with a nice golden-toned patina, and frankly i like it either side up...personal choice, there.
Round Mountain Mine, Nye County, Nevada, USA
Cabinet, 10.5 x 5 x 1 cm
This mine is now justifiably famous as the most shocking new source of gold specimens in the recent history of US gold mining. Several habits have come out, in bits and bursts over the last 5-6 years now. For me, large crystals have always been the prize. And this piece has among the largest (in size, if not thickness) I have yet seen from the mine. It is a superb, elongated cluster of several large gold crystals to 2 inches in height, melded together by smaller connecting crystals. The piece is composed of flattened , elongated gold crystals to be sure, but is itself not "flat" in person. In fact, it has a concave curve to it and displays very 3-dimensionally and more space-filling than you might think. This was found in about 2007 and has since then been on exhibit, on loan, to a museum for a Gold exhibition. Joe Budd photos
Eagles Nest Mine, Placer Co., California
Thumbnail, 1.6 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm
This is a very robust, 3-dimensional, sharp gold octohedron showing complex hopper faces. It is sharp as can be wished for, and perched up on a smaller side crystal. The main octohedral faces reach to 11 mm. This is an exceptional quality for the Eagle's Nest Mine, of a style of crystallized gold seen more commonly from the Mockingbird and even then quite rare. Ex. Ron Pellar thumbnail collection. Joe Budd photos.
Hunza River Valley, Pakistan
Thumbnail, 2.1 x .8 x .6 cm
A choice 7.7 gram nugget obtained by the panning sand and gravels of the Hunza River, near Pasu. While gold is relatively common in almost all the rivers in the area, nuggets of this size are extremely rare and are almost never seen, most being melted and refined. Rare!
Mina Zapata, Santa Elena de Uairen, Venezuela
Thumbnail, 1.4 x 0.9 x 0.2 cm
This flattened crystal shows strong hoppered growth on what should be the octahedral face if it had not been compressed or constrained during growth to expand more in one direction than others. The luster and color are both superior.
Round Mountain Mine, Nye County , Nevada, USA
Miniature, 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.4 cm
This specimen is the back cover of the MINERAL-UP calendar, published in Spain by Joaquim Callen. I LOVE the piece, and have always loved it since I bought it and put it away 4 years or so ago, waiting to see what else came out of the mine. It turns out that the brief rain of fine golds was both spotty and short, with many of different styles but few so brassy and bright like this. It looks, in person, like robust aluminum foil, that has been gold plated and then airbrushed to make it more modernist. This is a phenomenal piece with INSANE lustre and form so sharp it LOOKS like it was cut with a cookie cutter, not grown. I am trying to find words to express why this little thing looks so damned overpriced , at first glance. And all I can end with is,IT IS THAT SHARP. To me, most Round Mountain golds are second-rans in a general sense, after California crystallized golds, for lustre and brightness. Look in the publications and you will see very fine golds with fine crystals, many more robust and larger than this, but you will see nothing quite like this for sheer "flash". Size is just a bit under 2 inches and so this is a full-on miniature, not a toenail. It is equally good on both sides and picking a front face is entirely arbitrary. It is a floater with no attachment point or damage. And, it is one of those favored Round Mountain golds that stands as a great piece on its own merits, rather than being just a neat crystal from a rare locale. I really feel this is a competition-level gold miniature, about as choice as you can get for anything in a remotely reasonable price range, and that it leaves money on the table. The reason I say this is because you can spend far more on a California gold and yet, in the end, not have one so impactful as this. That being said, I will put in writing that i will buy this back for a check, anytime - I love it that much.Joe Budd Photos
Olinghouse Mine, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA
Cabinet, 12.0 x 10.3 x 6.0 cm
I obtained this from a miner's agent in the early 2000's. It is a large and interesting specimen with veins of herringbone-fine gold strewn through the natural matrix. It is very illustrative of how gold crystals form in vein cavities, as well as a rich display piece in its own right. Note in the closeups how finely formed the small, elegant crystals are : present in several distinct habits, as well. This piece was borrowed from me starting in 2007 for the Houston Museum/American Museum of Natural History GOLD! Exhibition. It then toured as part of the AMNH-organized exhibit for 4 years, coming back to me only in mid 2011 as the travelling exhibit ended at the Chicago Field Museum. This prominent exhibit was shown in Tokyo's Mori Museum, and also in Atlanta, Denver, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans among other cities. Documentation provided. Joe Budd Photos.
Breckenridge District, Summit Co., Colorado, USA
Cabinet, 10.8 x 5.9 x 0.7 cm
A MAJOR specimen from this old mine, dated to the Colorado gold rush era of the 1880s. It is complete all around and there are no repairs. People knowledgeable about such gold specimens have indicated to me that the rarity of this piece, in such a size and quality range, is not to be underestimated: it is perhaps one of only a half dozen surviving golds of this magnitude. This piece has superb history and provenance, which will be disclosed upon purchase. These are not massive golds - at 98 grams, it should go to th eknowledgeable collector who appreciates the rarity value of such a historic piece, and is not for those who need heft to feel a gold has value. For 2006-2011 it was in the touring exhibit "GOLD!", organized by the American Museum of Natural History. This was seen over 5 years of travelling exhibition in Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Denver, Anchorage, Tokyo's Mingei Museum, and others. Price on Request. Joe Budd Photos.
Diltz Mine, Whitlock, Bear Valley, Mariposa Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 cm
A spread-eagled, flattish but robust crystallized gold specimen from this classic old US locale. The Diltz mine was famous for these platy, hefty gold crystals. The surface area to weight ratio here is great in terms of getting a big and showy gold for the price ! The mine is now long closed and specimens with this attribution turn up only in old collections. It is complete all around and has a beautiful patina. Mass is 43 grams, or nearly 1.4 ounces of gold , here. From the collection of Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), donated by bequest to the University of Arizona Museum to add to their displays and to provide specimens for sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations, in perpetuity.
Icabaru, Bolivar, Venezuela
Thumbnail, 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.8 cm
A stunning, SHARP thumbnail gold crystal of a quality that is so rarely seen in this material, with razor sharp and smooth, unpitted faces. Crystals this size usually show etching that mars the symmetry of the sharp ingrown hopper forms. This crystal , though, is so fine and sharp it looks carved. It is a rare, elongated habit of crystallization. Most of the octohedral crystals from here are worn, or asymmetric, or both - so this is a superb example and a major thumbnail gold specimen from finds of the early 1990s. From the collection of Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), donated by bequest to the University of Arizona Museum to add to their displays and to provide specimens for sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations, in perpetuity.
Colorado Quartz Mine, Mariposa County, California, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 5.9 x 3.3 cm (3 inches tall)
Just incredible....hefty , 3-dimensional, very impactful gold. Leaps out from matrix. And has a huge weight to it. This is from the Colorado Quartz Mine, and is a piece that came out in the late 90s and was sold privately at that time. It weighs a hefty 300 grams. it is no slender tower of thin gold like Eagles Nest Mine golds you have seen. It is fat, thick, and 3-dimensional. This mine sets the standard fo rCalifornia gold, most people think, for this reason. It is NOT fragile or slender: Most golds this size would have a third the heft. This is mostly gold, and just a bit of quartz at the matrix base as a natural pedestal. I believe the price to be pretty fair, given the weight and the size and quality overall. As with my other Vault pieces, its one i would 100% agree in writing to take back, anytime, no questions asked, for open credit on anything else.