Dims: 0.7" x 0.6" x 0.3" (1.8 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 2.2 g
Red Ink Maid Mine, Forest Hill, Placer County, California, U.S.A.
Though small, this thumbnail specimen contains Gold that has definite crystalline tendencies and some visible crystal form. These crystals are tiny (2 mm in diameter or less), and though they are very warped, they do show some vestiges of Gold's cubic nature. The Gold has the standard golden-yellow coloration and bright luster, but there are a few places on their formation that show a dark, almost rusty color and a dull luster. I would guess that this is due to the presence of either some very slightly oxidized copper or some very heavily oxidized iron whose rusty leavings somehow got stuck to the Gold. According to the supplier, this mine was once owned by John De Maria, and is still owned by his family.