Dims: 0.6" x 0.4" x 0.1" (1.5 x 1.0 x 0.3 cm)
Wt: 5.1 g w/ wooden base
Red Ink Maid Mine, Forest Hill, Placer County, California, U.S.A.
This small specimen consists of a formation of semicrystalline native Gold. Close examination shows that the Gold has the uncommon arboreal, branching form. A loupe or magnifier is needed for proper study of the fine detail of these branches. Under such magnification, one can easily see definite crystalline faces and edges, though the crystals have rather poor form. The Gold has the standard golden-yellow color and bright metallic luster, and is almost devoid of quartz host rock- there may be a few very tiny patches stuck to the Gold. The formation is affixed to a wooden base with a hot glue; this base, in turn, has been cut to fit snugly inside a square plastic specimen box.