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An adorable robust competitive level thumbnail small curving hoppers
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 1.4 x 0.8 cm
An adorable, robust, competitive level thumbnail with small, curving hoppers that are intricate and multi-faced. This is NOT the usual simple small gold crystal. The curves and patterning give it unique character. Approx 8 grams.
Dazzling curving hoppered gold crystal super attractive small cluster
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Thumbnail, 3.1 x 1.3 x 0.6 cm
Dazzling and curving, this hoppered gold crystal is super attractive, and the small cluster of spinel twin crystals at the base give it a very floral feel. Excellent luster. Just over 4 grams, but the vertical height and surface area make it look double that mass. This is an iconic and outstanding, competitive level thumbnail specimen of a special quality, to my eyes.
A thick ropey robust cluster intergrown hoppered gold crystals spinel
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Toenail, 3.2 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm
A thick, ropey, robust cluster of intergrown hoppered gold crystals and spinel twins. Good luster, and quite hefty! Approx 20 grams.
Long slender unusually elegant branches twinned crystals bright luster
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Miniature, 3.7 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm
Long, slender unusually elegant "branches" of twinned crystals with very bright luster, intergrown with a few small hoppered gold crystals, make this a uniquely aesthetic miniature. Approx 15 grams.
Nice thumbnail showing single flattened hopper crystal reverse
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Thumbnail, 1.6 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm
Nice thumbnail showing a single flattened hopper crystal from one side with several on the reverse side. Exquisite, robust thumbnail crystal! About 4 grams.
Fascinating combination sharp hoppered crystals grow right
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm
Fascinating combination of sharp, hoppered crystals where one seems to grow right out of the other. Exceptionally detailed and delicate, this is a fine and dramatic thumbnail specimen. Approx 5 grams.
A robust massive combination elongated hoppers hoppered growth
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.4 x 2.0 cm
A robust and massive combination of elongated hoppers where you see the hoppered growth from one side, but from the other side the crystals "bloom" into smaller, floral spinel twins! 24 grams. Complete all around, floater!
A particularly intricate attractive combination hoppered growth gold
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Miniature, 3.7 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm
A particularly intricate and attractive combination of hoppered-growth gold crystals decorated with small spinel twin crystals of gold, this piece is gorgeous from all sides and has an exceptionally fine surface luster to it. Approx 17 grams.. For the size, this is one of my favorites!
Beautifully developed spinel twin crystals branch upwards delicate
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.8 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm
Beautifully developed spinel twin crystals branch upwards in delicate fashion, like a golden tree. As with all the pieces we selected, excellent and rich luster. 16 grams
Quite sculptural series delicate hoppered crystals look like cluster
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Miniature, 3.5 x 1.8 x 1.1 cm
Quite sculptural, this is a series of delicate, hoppered crystals that look like a cluster of flowers on a branch. Excellent and unique esthetics! 10 grams!
Beautiful combination spinel twin branches surrounding flattened
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.1 cm
Beautiful combination of spinel twin 'branches' surrounding flattened hopper growth. It rather reminds me of what I think a Burning Bush would look like. Very aesthetic! 17 grams
Long sculptural elongated extremely hoppered crystal added crystal
Serra de Caldeirao, Pontese Lacerda, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Thumbnail, 3.0 x 1.4 x 0.7 cm
Long, sculptural, elongated and extremely hoppered crystal with added crystal growth near the end. This 'horn of plenty' is quite attractive and unique in the lot! It looks "tortured," for lack of a better term. Just about 4 grams, but the vertical size makes it look larger than the mass would indicate, so it is actually one of my favorites of the lot and "appears" as massive as others of this height, despite the thin elegance.
A flashy handsome miniature bright yellow gold Brusson Italy little
Brusson mine, Brusson, Aosta Valley, Italy
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm
A flashy, handsome miniature of very bright yellow gold from the Brusson mine in Italy, the little brother to the one listed above. This piece is hosted by a contrasty quartz matrix and the gold is three-dimensional with great eye appeal! It looks like a miniature crown emanating from the quartz! There is a 2mm pyrite cube and several submillimeter pyrites placed randomly as accents. Ex. J. M. Welting collection with label.
A beautiful large rich aerial arrangement gold historic Italian
Brusson mine, Brusson, Aosta Valley, Italy
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.5 x 2.0 cm
A beautiful, large and very rich aerial arrangement of gold from an historic Italian locality. The piece exhibits bright yellow-gold color with local areas displaying an orange patina and contrasts incredibly well with the white clay-calcite matrix. The Brusson mine has produced some very showy pieces such as this sporadically throughout its life of intermittent mining. Notes from Emanuele Marini, that accompany the piece, indicate the gray phase is a mixture of Pb-Cu-Sb sulfosalts and that it was mined in a 1995 find here.
A rich piece locality wonderful old label This tight aggregate
Rosia Montana (Verespatak), Alba Co., Transylvania, Romania
Miniature, 5.5 x 3.6 x 2.7 cm
A rich piece for the locality, with a wonderful old label: This is a tight aggregate of glistening, crystallized native gold (var. electrum) with a very significant and interesting provenance! The cluster itself measures 2.7 x 2.8 x 0.6 cm and is set adroitly on drusy quartz. Crystals average 1mm, with a few individual crystals to 3.5mm. The Ignacio Gaspar Sintes label indicates the piece originated at one point from the National Museum of Hermannstadt (now Brukenthal National Museum) where it belonged to the museum's curator, J. M. Ackner (historic labels from both collections are included). Ignacio's notes also denote that the piece previously belonged to Baron Brukenthal who was governor of the area between 1777 and 1787. Mining at this deposit dates back to the Roman Empire. An EDS analysis is also included (showing that this is electrum). A very nice piece with great provenance and historical significance, it displays well.
An important United States gold specimen Gold small near Boise quality
Belshazzar Mine, Quartzburg District, Boise Co., Idaho, USA
Cabinet, 10.0 x 7.2 x 6.0 cm
An important United States gold specimen: Gold from this small mine near Boise was found in this quality only once in a spectacular, small lucky find of around 2005 (with ametal detector on the old dumps). This specimen is one of the largest and finest known from the find, and was in the collection of the discoverer for some time before being sold to amajor collector of historic Americana. It masses 540 grams (17.36 troy ounces), putting it among the largest golds known from unusual USA locales, and among the top few specimens from this location. It is extremely aesthetic in that it is complete all around, 360 degrees, and made up entirely of delicate, filigreed "wires" which are actually gold crystals that get their elongated form from unusual spinel-law twinning. A small bit of quartz matrix is included at the bottom, but this is neglegible to the mass overall. Comes with custom lucite base. Joe Budd photo.
Gorgeous cluster slightly worn hoppered Gold crystals Windy Point Mine
Windy Point Mine, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA
Thumbnail, 1.4 x 1.1 x 0.4 cm
Gorgeous cluster of slightly worn, hoppered Gold crystals from the Windy Point Mine in Nevada. The rich, golden crystals have maintained their form and integrity, and together they form a stunning thumbnail.
A striking cluster gleaming Gold crystals forming brilliant
Mockingbird Mine, Mother Lode Belt, Mariposa County, California, USA
Thumbnail, 2.2 x 1.4 x 0.3 cm
A striking cluster of gleaming Gold crystals, together forming a brilliant arborescent branch. On one side of the cluster, the crystals, both untwinned and twinned, are smooth and shiny. One the reverse side, you can see the detailed hopper growth on most of the crystals. The largest crystal is about .8 cm long. This outstanding thumbnail is from the renowned collection of Clara & Steve Smale. It has the most incredible luster you could ask for, and jumps out at the viewer as a sophisticated thumbnail specimen
This unusually elongated gold specimen BOTH spinel twinned hopper
Kilometer 88 District, West of Santa Elena, Venezuela
Thumbnail, 2.0 x 1.7 x 1.0 cm, 54 cts
This unusually elongated gold specimen is BOTH spinel twinned and has hopper growth features. It exhibits both classic Venezuelan habits. This exquisite crystal is large, to be so sharp. Most of this size are severely deformed, even from this prolific locality. This one is elegant and sharp as can be. This is a unique and really interesting 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. From the thumbnail collection of Steve Sinotte & Rebecca Stewart, and found in the 1990's. Joe Budd photos.
A choice 7 7 gram nugget obtained panning sand gravels Hunza River
Hunza River Valley, Pakistan
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 0.8 x 0.6 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!
This crystal slightly rounded OCTOHEDRON unusually good quality Placer
Majuba Placers, Nevada, USA
Thumbnail, 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm
This crystal is a slightly rounded OCTOHEDRON, again of unusually good quality for the Placer deposits here.
This wonderful elongated gold specimen apparently spinel twinned
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.
This justifiably famous shocking new source gold specimens recent
Round Mountain Mine, Nye County, Nevada, USA
Cabinet, 10.5 x 5.0 x 1.0 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
A spread eagled flattish robust crystallized gold specimen classic old
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.
This robust 3 dimensional sharp gold octohedron showing complex hopper
Eagles Nest Mine, Placer Co., California, USA
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.
A fine baroque Russian gold nugget sharp casts showing form original
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.
A crudely crystallized Russian gold nugget classic locale From gold
Lena River Basin, Bulun District, Saha Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
Miniature, 3.2 x 2.5 x 1.1 cm
A crudely crystallized Russian gold nugget from this classic locale. From the gold collection of F. John Barlow, sold off in 1999. Mass is 21 grams.
I obtained miner s agent early 2000 s It large interesting specimen
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 close-ups 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.