Gold on Quartz
Olinghouse District, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA
Cabinet, 11.2 x 9.5 x 3.0 cm
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From old finds of the 1990s that really surprised the mineral world, these gorgeous elongated gold crystals perched on quartz plates have not been seen in ages. This is an old specimen that I handled in the late 1990s, and came back to me. It is one I always remembered for the simple elegance, as many of these have "nests" of small wires and crystals upon them but this has a cleaner, more nuanced aesthetic with isolated gold wires, and a single elongated crystal of 3.25 cm. It looks fragile, but it is sturdier than it looks. A USA classic, and of good size and large impact. Originally obtained from a large lot sold by miners to Scott Kleine back at that time, and trimmed radically from a large block of matrix. Again, while we have seen specimens with richer coverage, more was not necessarily better. This piece looks surreal, sculpted, man made by placing the golds on the quartz - but is entirely natural!