Crystallized Gold Nugget
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.5 x 1.1 cm
Tibboburra, North West Outback, New South Wales, Australia

weight: 113 grams This is an attractive and hefty nugget with lots of eye appeal! It is from Tibboburra, a locality quite distinct from the common goldfields in Victoria where most Aussie nuggets come from; and, I am told, this is a verylarge nugget for the Tibboburra locality. It can be distinguished from Victoria material by a slightly brassier color combined with generally better, more metallic luster (as this piece exemplifies). Note that it DOES have crude crystal forms, plus other signs of crystallization throughout (though the faces are rounded, tis true), which is rare on nuggets in general. Anyways, all together it is a decidedly different kind of nugget from the average rounded and boring piece, with unique and interesting appearance. It has been said to resemble the "Maltese Cross" in person. Floater, complete all around!