Dims: 0.93x0.79x0.53" (2.35x2.01x1.36cm)
Wt: 0.30oz (8.5g)
Harvard Open Pit Mine, Jamestown, California, USA
This is a piece of white quartz with numerous leaves of gold attached and penetrating some distance into the quartz. I count at least a dozen separate blades of gold, all of which have a perfect gold color and bright metallic luster. Some of the gold is relatively flat and smooth leaves, while others have a complex structure of branches and nuggets. All are small, yet quite a bit of gold is visible on the specimen. The quartz also has many cracks which contain a brown film, some of which is on the surface, some is dendritic, and some of it is quite lustrous. I suspect that all of this "brown film" is actually additional gold, but in sheets far too thin to have a gold color.