This bright gold specimen is highlighted by a sharp, parallel growth, elongated octahedrons measuring up to 1.0 cm in length. It is a super locality piece, and a sharp thumbnail!
A sharp pagoda-like cluster culminating in a very 3-dimensional, unusually sharp, perfect octohedral gold crystal (4mm on edge)! This specimen was formerly in the isometric thumbnails competition case of my mentor, Carlton Davis of Columbus , Ohio.
A rich slab of matrix rock hosting veins of brilliant gold that has replaced rich calaverite which was there previously. VERY RARE material, and one of the few I have ever seen for sale.
An elegant "fan" of crystalline gold from this relatively recent and desirable US locality. Specimens from here can be had for a fraction of the price, in terms of display value for the buck, as California material
Just a wonderful, showy miniature for the price! It has a good blaannce of gold to matrix, and good aesthetics of the gold as well. The pics don't do it justice...it really has a finely crysatllized nature to it that is not apparent here
A rare Chinese gold specimen, quite rich with crudely crystalline gold AND leaf gold in veins running through the quartz. It is very hefty and rich, at 48 grams or so (about an ounce and a third)
From a small bit of quartz matrix, this Colorado gold starts out as dendritic but then culminates into three discrete fans. The luster overall is matte with numerous pinpricks of bright golden luster. Small but superb locality example from this OLD gold mining district
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
ex. Laura Thompson
ex. Stevia Thompson
This mesmerizingly beautiful gold specimen is complexly intertwined on itself, and is an excellent example of the rare rope habit in gold, found in Siberia more than anywhere else in the past. It is actually ore robust than it looks, and difficult to bend. A small gold, perhaps, but one that stands out so dramatically!
ex. Martin Zinn
This was the cover piece for the 203 special book on Gold, published by Lapis Intl. It was also thecover piece for the special gold issue of the more generalist lapidary hobby's most widely circulated magazine, Rock & Gem. The piece is on the one hand just a small gold from the Eagle's Nest, sure. However, if you saw it in person, you would say "HOLY S*&T, THATS CRAZY LUSTRE!" and seriously doubt it is from Eagle's Nest. Frankly, I did doubt it, and went back to Marty to reconfirm. The piece has the sickest, wettest, most vivid, brilliant metallic lustre you can ever imagine on a gold. It looks fake. Certainly, from a mine not known for being in the top percentiles in gold lustre compared to Mockingbird and Colorado Quartz Mine material (although there are many very nice golds from here, don't get me wrong), this is an astonishing specimen. It seems small, but its presence is really rathre impressive on a shelf. Comes with custom base. If you were to ask around certain circles about the "Cover Gold," many people would know you mean this superb miniature which was in the Marty Zinn collection until he sold in 2005. It then disappeared for a few years and I was shocked to see it come back on the market, just before the show, via an exchange with a collector who had stashed it away til now.
A hefty, 102-gram crystallized cluster of unusually robust gold crystals for the Breckenridge mining district. These are generally historic specimens, with most having been found prior to 1900. However, some have trickled out over the years to intrepid diggers. No way to say when this one came out, in other words, but it likely is an older specimen. Note the unusual, elongated "leaves" to this specimen. It is quite obviously from Breckenridge but the style is just more robust than most. It is certainly an attractive piece, and for the size and display, you cannot go wrong with this as your Breck gold in a collection of US classics or gold specimens.
ex. Karl Warning
This specimen has long belonged to a friend and collector here in Dallas, Karl Warning, and I always admired it. I think it looks like a burning bush, and is extremely elegant and fantastical in form, very sculptural and quite large in surface impact overall yet without the mass of many large golds. Recently, he exchanged it to me and now it is being offered for the first time in over a decade. It stands dramatically on a custom lucite base, and is viewed equally well from either side. The patina is naturally complex, a gradient with multicolored yellow hues showing this was either freestanding in a pocket or simply physically removed from the surrounding quartz, and not acid-etched (a most common method until recent years, and which destroys such subtle ancient patinas as you have preserved here). I feel quite strongly that the price is fair, and I am just selling it for the exchange price to make a deal work...though on other shelves, and in another economy, this could be a good deal at near twice the price. To find a truly outstanding gold with so much display impact, and size, displayable as well as this one and for low five figure numbers, is not easy. I say that from the perspective of being a dealer often asked to find a gold around that has this impact and doesn't break the bank. It isn't easy!
ex. John Barlow
A remarkably elegant, complicated, cityscape like gold specimen composed ENTIRELY of rare cubic crystals in parallel growths. Perhaps, though I am not entirely sure, it consists of a central twinned core, on which small cubes have grown. In any case, a rare and superb gold thumbnail of unusual habit, from the reknowned F John Barlow gold collection (which was dispersed in 1998-1999). Mass is about 6 grams
ex. John Barlow
This superb thumbnail is a floater, with a remarkably clean, dramatic, 1.1-cm-tall cubic gold crystal perched upon another cubic crystal in parallel growth. The main crystal is hoppered and shows receding faces into the core of the cube. It is a classic, but very rare, habit for the species. This is a fullsized thumbnail that shows the form off well, and is competition-level. In person, it is much more dramatic and 3-dimensional, as well. This specimen is from the reknowned F John Barlow gold collection (which was dispersed in 1998-1999). Mass is about 12 grams. We see SO FEW cubic gold crystals for sale, this is an extreme rarity.
A rare Western Australia CRYSTALLIZED gold, massing 780 grams! This remarkable crystallized nugget shows none of the signs of alluvial tumbling which characterise your standard Aussie nugget. CRYSTALS shoot out, all over it, giving a very interesting horizon in the shape of an "eagle," as its nickname suggests. This does not have the lustre of California material, but for Aussie it is insanely rare, big, and fine. The color is bright and indicative of a high purity! This piece is 5 inches across and is complete 360 degrees, all around and on both sides. It belonged to Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), and was 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 was, to my mind, the best specimen they let go in the recent sale. It is rumoured to be the largest crystallized gold from South America and, to my admittedly limited knowledge, this is indeed the case.Joe Budd Photos
ex. University of Arizona
At 900 grams, this is an astonishing, dense, solid gold specimen in the shape of a ring, or halo. The entire thing is composed of minutely crystallized gold, with sparkly faces and points all over it when seen with a loupe. It is not "just" a nugget. It has long been known, among the relatively few dealers who knew the reclusive previous owner, as one of the best pieces in a collection built between the 1950s and around 2000. It belonged to Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), and was 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 was, to my mind, one of the top two or three specimens they let go in the recent deacquisition sale. It is rumoured to be the largest crystallized gold from South America and, to my admittedly limited knowledge, this is indeed the case.Joe Budd Photos
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