Gold on Quartz
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.5 x 2.0 cm
Brusson mine, Brusson, Aosta Valley, Italy

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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.