Dims: 0.9" x 0.6" x 0.4" (2.3 x 1.5 x 1.0 cm)
Wt: 5.9 g
Red Ink Maid Mine, Forest Hill, Placer County, California, U.S.A.
I like this Gold specimen best out of our latest acquisitions because it shows the most crystalline material. There are both crystals and foil in this specimen, as part of the formation filled a narrow crevice in the quartz host rock. As I examined this specimen with a 10-power jeweler's loupe, I saw a nearly complete octahedral Gold crystal; though it is very small (1 mm diameter) not quite complete, it has the best octahedral form that I have ever seen in Gold! There are many other crystals present, but these are either extremely small or their form is quite warped. All of the Gold has the standard golden-yellow coloration and bright, metallic luster. A small portion of the white quartz matrix shows noticeable crystal form (the Gold octahedron is in that area), but most of it is massive and translucent, with noticeable rust-staining.