Crystallized Gold on Quartz. 16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany. Alleghany District. Sierra Co.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
DescriptionCrystallized Gold on Quartz
16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany
Crystallized Gold is one of the most appealing varieties of mineral specimens in no small part due to the fact that most everyone is enamored with Gold as a precious metal. The prized nature and value of Gold is clear throughout ages of human history, and the element today is still a benchmark of financial status.
This truly incredible collectible specimen of Crystallized Gold on Quartz hails from the renowned Sixteen to One Gold Mine in California. The Sixteen to One Mine is known for spectacular Gold specimens which have been mined there since the late 1800s. These specimens developed in Quartz veins and exhibit the native, coarse form of Gold. This rather outstanding piece displays shining dodecahedral crystals of Gold rising up from the interior of a white Quartz matrix. As Gold is a precious metal, it is not hard to see why Sixteen-to-One pieces are so recognizable and highly collectible. This fine example features bright leaves of highly detailed and lustrous crystallized Gold which splay up and out from the rich milky white core of the stunning specimen. The contrast of the golden hue against a white matrix is sublime. The impressive specimen, which is visually stunning on both sides, is in pristine condition and accompanied by a custom labeled acrylic base. This is a serious collector specimen worthy of the finest collection and display case.
There is also an important note of provenance worth mentioning related to this piece. It was once in the personal collection of Sixteen-to-One Mine owner Michael Miller attesting to its superb nature as one of the best specimens to come out of the world renowned and historically relevant mining district location.
Overall Measurements: 2.54 x 2.20 x 1.57 inches (6.46 x 5.58 x 4.00 cm), weighs 187 grams
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[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000.
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