*Five (5) medium-large sized genuine, natural formed, Alaska gold nugget set, weighing 62g in total.
Since most of the gold mined today is found in small gains, gold nuggets have become a rare collector item. Here are some common questions regarding these genuine natural gold nuggets:
What is a Natural Gold Nugget? It is a piece of gold that broke out of quartz deposits within the earth when erosion took place. It also goes by the name Placer Gold and each piece is a one of a kind with no two being exactly alike.
Where can they be found? Wherever the effects of erosion took place. That would include rivers, streams, ancient dried up river channels and underground riverbeds. A one-ounce nugget is now considered as rare as a five-carat diamond.
How pure are they? Gold nuggets range from 65 to 95 fine 16-23KT gold and can have other mineral content such as silver and copper mixed in with it.
What sizes do they come in? Gold Nuggets come in all sizes, the smaller one range in sizes from 1 millimeter up to 6 and is often referred to as flakes. Bigger flakes are called nuggets and have been found as large as 2500 ounces although almost all nuggets bigger than 300 ounces were melted.
How Are Natural Gold Nuggets found? They can be found in rivers and streams using a gold pan or suction dredges that act like an underground vacuum cleaner. Larger operations use large machinery that dig up huge sections of dir weighing several tons and run it through machines that separate the gold from the dirt. Nuggets are also found using a metal detector.
Why are some real bright and others dull? Because it was formed underground in quartz deposit you often find quartz mixed in with it. When they broke off into the rivers and streams they tumbled against the sand and gravel, which gave the nuggets, it’s texture but dulled it. They can be cleaned in different solutions, and then tumbled in different media to give it the shine.
Is there a lot of Gold Nuggets left to be found? They are very rare and only God really knows that answer. We can tell you; at the rate gold miners go under, quit the business or close because of the government they’re getting harder to purchase. Remember a one ounce gold nugget is rarer than a five-carat diamond.
Should I purchase a Natural Gold Nugget? If you like one of a kind pieces that average 22KT gold in purity than go for it. Chances are you’ll never see that one again.