Gold in Calcite
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm
Roata Mine, Cavnic, Baia Mare, Romania

Crystals of sharp form and "leaf gold" are both present on this beautiful miniature of display quality. Note the fantastic patina and coloration here! Extremely rare, naturally colored gold like this has a wonderful, subtle patina that makes it stand out from most other gold specimens that are over-cleaned by man or by nature, to be simply bright and golden. The gold is perched on and in white calcite. From the collection of Dr. Alan Barnes of the UK, with label. I purchased this at the Munich show and the belief was from those who know more than I, that it came from the Roata Mine in Cavnic, though I cannot say the mine attribution with 100 percent certainty. In any case, a superb locality specimen, and a superb gold miniature.