A showy, elegant "leaf" of finely crystallized gold in a fine mesh pattern, weighing 1.6 grams
A showy, elegant "leaf" of finely crystallized gold in a fine mesh pattern, weighing 1.4 grams
WOW! Eagle's Nest does not produce many crystals of this size, at all. This specimen features a SHARP 3 cm twinned gold crystal sticking straight out into the air, and balanced aesthetically by opposing crystals reaching towards it from the other side of the specimen. I've never seen teh like, for this habit, from the locality. This is a THICK, STURDY specimen, and is not thin and flimsy at all. It is incredibly dramatic because of the ultra-dominating crysatls atop, and stands nicely for display atop a custom-made lucite pedestal.
This flattened nugget, which still has a little quartz adhering to the back side, was originally purchased at Barkerville, British Columbia in the middle 1960’s by the previous owner. It has a roughly cruciform (cross like) appearance. The nugget is actually from Emery Gulch, British Columbia, two miles from Barkerville, and would be considered quite a large Canadian nugger for the locality. It weighs 35 grams or just over an ounce so the price of 2x spot for a rare locality nugget is pretty good, i think.
ex. Martin Lewadny
This sharp specimen has EXQUISITE crystallization of several habits, and features about the brightest and most reflective patina you can ask for in a US gold specimen. It is truly a standout among all the Eagle's Nest golds I see, with that extra special sculptural quality that makes it a special treasure instead of just another EN gold.
ex. John Barlow
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 slender to be sure, but elegant and sharp as hell. A killer specimen for people who like crystals for their quality as opposed to weight. It displays magnificently, with a nice golden-toned patina
An EXCEPTIONALLY RARE nugget of some size, from placers in Bolivia. This piece, complete and beautiful all around, is actually crudely crystallized in some parts as you can see. It has an unusual dark brassy patina, rather than the lightest gold color, and thus stands out quite readily from Aussie and US nuggets. A rare treasure I purchased from somebody who was using it as a jewelry pendant (a heavy one at 84 grams or almost 3 ounces!!).
An exquisite plate composed of intergrown, dense gold crystals. This is a rich and attractive miniature for this important, historic old locality and such specimens are hard to come by at a reasonable price (which I feel this one is at). Although there are no old labels, a friend of mine who specializes in these localities, Josef Vajdak, has taken the piece to compare personally to those in museums in Vienna and in Prague, to be certain of its legitimacy.
A hefty, very brassy, interesting nugget with structure that looks kind of like a walking bear. Large nuggets in this size range are selling like hotcakes these days, as the price of gold has gone up and people stockpile them away (both collectors and bullion investors). Nuggets over 4 or 5 ounces have a premium value, because of the size, and are not nearly as common as smaller nuggets
A stunning, superbly crystallized thumbnail specimen of hessite crystals. Hessite, a silver telluride, is one of the very rarest silver species minerals from this region, and specimens are generally quite old and prized. When they come to market, it is only out of old collections. What is more, there are small flecks of gold attached at a few places, a rare association indeed!
This thick mass of gold is still attached to its host quartz matrix which in most cases gets eroded away to leave the free nugget so common from the Aussie gold regions. Matrix specimens, with GOOD display quality to the gold, are VERY rare! This specimen is also from the area in Victoria where Australia’s gold rush started over 150 years ago. Its total weight is 2.22 ounces / 69 grams. I have not done a SG test but a respectable part of the weight is surely gold
Looking more like a piece of modern sculpture, this specimen features an elongated, feather-like spinel twinned gold - A SINGLE CRYSTAL MEASURING OVER AN INCH! Branching off the main crystal are a few smaller crystals that appear to be octahedrons. The piece is exquisite - no other word applies. This is a superb specimen without breaking the bank for such quality.
I believe that this specimen represents a very rare phase and form in gold, octahedral hopper crystal growth: you can see clearly the octahedral outline of a mammoth gold crystal here, but since it is unlikely to have formed as a cast OVER another large ocohedral mineral the octo is surely the form of the gold itself, albeit hoppered and incompletely formed on all sides. In person, the shape is quite evident and I believe this to be a significant piece for this reason. Its size and weight of 3.5 ounces/ 108 grams, along with its apparent octohedral form , make this piece extremely desirable.
From the California gold mine that has produced the most valuable crystallized golds, this specimen, shaped like a cornucopia, contains numerous sharp octahedrons up to 2.5mm across. It is a really hefty piece, and has great appeal for the sheer mass of the gold, BUT it also has good crystallization at a relatively "nuggety" price despite that fact. It weighs 2 ounces/ 61 grams.
A very brassy, rough-textured nugget, quite attractive! It is an excellent example of an Aussie nugget at a good price, I think. 20 grams or .64 ounces
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