Gold, Quartz
Thumbnail, 1.6 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm
Eagle's Nest Mine (Mystery Wind Mine), Placer Co., California, USA

A superb gold on quartz thumbnail from the Eagle's Nest Mine. Very bright, rich yellow gold crystals as elongated spinel-twins and smaller hoppered octahedrons comprise this very aesthetic piece. The sculptural gold looks just like a stylized praying mantis to me.