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    RARE GOLD HOPPER CRYSTAL
    Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, Brazil
    Whereas most gold nuggets exhibit familiar botroidal growths, or are rubbed smooth as they travel from their host rock along waterways before being discovered by the prospector, some few form in clusters of distinctive crystals and are recovered unaltered in that form. Gold of this type is extremely rare, and this is a fine specimen from an unusual location. This distinctive form is described as "hoppered" in shape - the edges of the hoppered crystal are fully formed, but because the crystal grew so rapidly, interior spaces were not filled in and the result is a beautiful, almost artificial-seeming lattice formation. This lovely example demonstrates the phenomenon perfectly, with tiny rods and folds that look as though a large flat sheet of gold had been carefully folded in on itself. A comparatively large specimen, it displays a beautiful strong yellow color denoting a high karat content, and measures approximately 1 x 7/8 x ½ inches, weighing 0.688 Troy ounces (21.4g).


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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