ex. Bill Pinch
An elegant, elongated cluster of interwoven gold crystals of typical look for the Eagle's Nest mine, though a bit more heavy, robust and "unbendy" in thickness than is usual for a piece of this size & style: It masses 36 grams, so just about 1.1 ounces of gold. From the collection of Dr. William Pinch. Joe Budd photos
This elegant miniature hosts a glittering 3-dimensional "net" of intergrown gold crystals, forming seemingly wispy clusters atop a pedestal of quartz. Actually, the gold is quite robust, not fragile at all, but just looks so. For the style, this is classic Eagle's Nest material. This is a superb miniature gold specimen for the price, in my opinion, that I am blowing out only because it turned up in our move and was an old specimen I bought at old prices. Joe Budd photos
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
Small golds do not often have so much sheer impact a this one, for both its shape and overall quality. The crystals are sharp and robust, and the lustre is phenomenal. The pics say it all�This is a competition level toenail specimen (small miniature size)! It is mesmerizing in its intricate details, in person - small but insanely high quality
ex. Ron Pellar
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.
ex. John Barlow
An extremely complex nugget, with the gold having formed around quartz that is now etched away. 43 grams.
A 76-gram nugget, at about 2.5 ounces thus, with really neat animal-like aesthetics!
A superb example of this now-infamous find, from perhaps 3 years ago. This specimen went directly to the Ed David collection at the time. I recently purchased that collection. It is a superior example and perhaps the best of the thumbnail sized examples from this find. Complete all around! 2.6 x 2.2 x 1.4 cm
4.6 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm. A very rich and showy specimen of hackly, copper-coated gold profusely set in an aesthetic column of milky quartz from the famous 16 to 1 Mine of California. Quite a bit of gold here. Weighs in at 52 grams or 1.8 ounces.
2.1 x 1.2 x .8 cm. Beautiful pair of gold crystals sitting perfectly on white quartz matrix. The upper crystal has the appearance of a flattened spinel twin, while the lower crystal has very sharp and lustrous faces, indicating that it is a partial octahedron. This is quite an aesthetic pair of crystals classic for this locality which is one of the few in Australia where gold actually crystallizes nicely.
1.1 x 0.9 x 0.4 cm. From the guy we got these from: "To my knowledge, there are only four places in the world where we find gold associated with palladium. They are the Roraima area in Venezuela, two localities in Brazil, and the Hopes Nose mine in the UK. On my recent trip to Venezuela, I was fortunate to buy a batch of super sharp crystals of palladium-rich gold. I do not know exactly how much palladium is contained in this material, as I only ran them on an SEM which gives qualitative, not quantitative data. This material is not new to the collecting world, but I have not previously seen such sharp crystals. They were placer mined by small time operators, and must have been found right at the source. They are so incredibly sharp that they do not look as though they moved at all in the stream. In fact, I would venture to guess that the crystals actually grew in situ in the stream gravels. The metals were probably complexed by humic acids and precipitated at some point in the stream where the chemistry changed."
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8.9 x 5.2 x 3.2 cm. A SUPERB and AESTHETIC Olinghouse wire gold specimen. A beautiful, thick, sparkling ribbon/nest of tiny gold wires winds its way vertically down this exceedingly sculptural matrix. The bit of calcite adds character to this simply entrancing piece. This is a LARGE and super specimen for the District. The mine is now closed, with further specimen production unlikely. This rich nest is absolutely gorgeous and for its sheer density of wiry gold is eye-catching even if the individual crystals are not big.
6.0 x 5.2 x 4.0 cm. A very aesthetic band of nicely burnished hackly gold in milky quartz from the famed 16 to 1 Mine of California. The crowning gold cluster is a nice accent. Ex. Wein and George Elling Collections.
3.1 x 2.2 x 0.4 cm. A BEAUTIFULLY SHARP, arrowhead-shaped leaf gold from recent finds at the famous Round Mountain Mine of Nevada. The leaves are micro-crystallized, lustrous and have classic, variable yellow-gold burnish.
1.8 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm. A fleur-de-lis shaped, upright cluster of bright gold leaves aesthetically attached to the front of pink granite from the unique 1990s Newfoundland find, that we have got from the small lot. The pink tint on the granitic quartz and feldspar is unique.
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