The World of Gold, Opals and Other Phenomenal Gems

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Datum der Auktion: 20.05.2019

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Crystallized Gold in Quartz

Colorado Quartz Mine, Mariposa County, California This fine, highly crystallized gold specimen is perched upon a mass of quartz. Total gross weight 113.18 grams with 9.78 grams highly crystallized gold and measuring 6.5 x 5.5 x 3.5cm

Los #: 630

Schätzpreis: 14.000 $ - 16.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Large, Important Alaskan Gold Nugget

near Chicken, Alaska The search for gold played a major role in shaping the history of Alaska (it was named the "State Mineral" in 1968). It was the discovery of gold in 1896 that really brought people to Alaska. Prospector George Carmack struck gold on the Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike

Los #: 631

Schätzpreis: 12.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Suite of Nine Alaskan Gold Nuggets

near Chicken, Alaska A set of nine natural placer gold nuggets having a rich "old world" patina as they have not been cleaned and are "as found". Suitable for mounting as a bracelet or bragger's piece. Weighing approximately 39.5 grams (1.27 ozt). The largest nugget weighing 6.82 grams and measuring

Los #: 632

Schätzpreis: 2.500 $ - 3.500 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Collection of Twenty-four Jewelry-Grade Gold Nuggets

near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada These gold nuggets from Northern Canada are stunning butter yellow gold color and were found in rivers and creeks in in Yukon district. This gold field was discovered in 1897 during what was known as the Klondike Gold Rush. The present offering is a group of

Los #: 633

Schätzpreis: 12.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Gold Nugget--"The Lips"

Western Australia Forming the outline of a pair of lips, this natural nugget has a bright patina and numerous naturally pierced holes. Weighing approximately 45.1 grams (1.45 ozt) and measuring 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 2/8 in

Los #: 634

Schätzpreis: 3.500 $ - 5.500 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Nevada Gold Nugget

Marble Rock, Placer Central Mining District, Humboldt Co, Nevada An alluvial nugget with great form and excellent patina. Weighing approximately 5.2 grams (0.17 ozt) and measuring 14.2 x 13.64 x 5.33mm

Los #: 635

Schätzpreis: 500 $ - 700 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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"Free-range" Gold bracelet

By Peter Eccles Australian goldsmith, Peter Eccles, utilized a natural Australian gold nugget with no additional alloys to hand-fabricate this fine Roman-style necklace. Since Australian specimens are typically 94 to 99% pure, the gold utilized here is in the 22 to 24K range of purity. The result is

Los #: 636

Schätzpreis: 9.000 $ - 11.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Gold Nugget Pendant

Central Victoria, Australia An naturally elongated drop-shaped gold nugget having bright patina, with a high-karat gold pendant bail. Weighing approximately 18.9 grams (0.61 ozt). Height 1 3/4 in

Los #: 637

Schätzpreis: 1.800 $ - 2.200 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Gold Nugget

California A "comma" shaped nugget having excellent patina and hints of red oxides in the crevices. Weighing approximately 20 grams (0.64 ozt) and measuring 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/4 in

Los #: 638

Schätzpreis: 800 $ - 1.200 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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"Free-range" Gold Chain and Nugget Pendant

By Peter Eccles Australian goldsmith, Peter Eccles, utilized a natural Australian gold nugget with no additional alloys to hand-fabricate this fine Roman-style necklace. Since Australian specimens are typically 94 to 99% pure, the gold utilized here is in the 22 to 24K range of purity. The result is

Los #: 639

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Placer Gold Nugget

Yukon Territories, Canada A rich yellow nugget having great three-dimensionality and a buttery patine. Weighing approximately 36.73 grams (1.18 ozt) and measuring 1 x 7/8 x 3/8 in

Los #: 640

Schätzpreis: 2.500 $ - 3.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Magnificent Crystallized Nevada Gold

Round Mountain Mine, Nye County, Nevada The present, magnificent specimen comprises an arborescent string of crystals and an exquisite herringbone pattern of growth habit. Weighing 11.4 grams (0.36 ozt) and measuring 2 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in mm

Los #: 641

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Rare Nevada Wire Gold

Olinghouse Mine, Green Pit, Washoe County, Nevada A small bed of quartz houses a plethora of minute wire formations of bright gold in this Nevada classic. Weighing approximately 5.2 grams (0.17 ozt) and measuring 44.20 x 16.62 x 9.87mm

Los #: 642

Schätzpreis: 700 $ - 900 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Nevada Crystallized Gold

Round Mountain Mine, Nye County, Nevada Leaf gold with extraordinary minute crystallization, this is an exemplary specimen. Weighing approximately 12.18 grams (ozt) and measuring 46.54 x 21.3 x 15.8mm

Los #: 643

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Spectacular Nevada Crystallized Gold

Round Mountain Mine, Nye County, Nevada A bright patina characterizes this beautiful specimen terminating in coarse octahedral crystals and having herringbone pattern crystallization to the faces. Showy and exquisitely beautiful on all sides. Weighing approximately 15.0 grams (0.48 ozt) and

Los #: 644

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 8.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Gold-in-Quartz Specimen

Maryborogh, Central Victoria, Australia A rare specimen of gold-in-quartz, capable of standing on its own for display, with rich veins of gold apparent throughout the white quartz. Weighing approximately 209.5 grams (6.74 ozt) and measuring 2 1/2 x 2 x 1 1/4in

Los #: 645

Schätzpreis: 15.000 $ - 20.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Large Gold Nugget

Avoca, Central Victoria, Australia An attractive nugget with rich yellow patina, having water-worn edges and naturally pierced holes where quartz was formerly present. Weighing approximately 239.7 grams (7.70 ozt) and measuring 3 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 3/4 in

Los #: 646

Schätzpreis: 18.000 $ - 22.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Large Gold Specimen

Western Australia Capable of standing on its own, this attractive specimen is lacy and filled with character, yet robust at the same time. With a rich yellow patina. Weighing approximately 199.2 grams (6.40 ozt) and measuring 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 in

Los #: 647

Schätzpreis: 15.000 $ - 20.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Collection of Twenty Gold Nuggets

Central Victoria, Australia With individual weights as follows: 16.70 gm; 16.53 gm; 15.76 gm; 14.51 gm; 14.13 gm; 13.21 gm; 13.04 gm; 12.85 gm; 12.62 gm; 12.23 gm; 11.47 gm; 10.72 gm; 10.52 gm; 10.16 gm; 9.63 gm; 9.60 gm; 9.49 gm; 9.15 gm; 8.95 gm; and 8.46 gm. Total weight 241.7 grams (7.70 ozt

Los #: 648

Schätzpreis: 15.000 $ - 20.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Gold Nugget

Western Australia A large nugget showing minute traces of quartz in the crevices, with smoothed surfaces and a warm yellow patina. Weighing approximately 540 grams (17.36 ozt) and measuring 3 1/2 x 3 x 3/4in

Los #: 649

Schätzpreis: 40.000 $ - 50.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Twenty Gold Nuggets

Central Victoria, Australia With individual weights as follows: 29.7 gm; 28.0 gm; 27.0 gm; 27.0 gm; 25.6 gm; 25.4 gm; 24.7 gm; 24.5 gm; 24.0 gm; 23.0 gm; 23.0 gm; 22.2 gm; 23.1 gm; 20.7 gm; 19.8 gm; 19.2 gm; 16.6 gm; 12.3 gm; 10.8 gm; Total aggregate weight approximately 448.6 grams (14.42 ozt

Los #: 650

Schätzpreis: 28.000 $ - 32.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Very Large and Impressive Gold Nugget--"The Rhino"

Golden Mile, Kalgoorlie/Boulder Border, Western Australia This large gold nugget was discovered in the heart of Australia's rich gold fields nearly 600 kilometers east of Perth. The nugget has excellent visual spread and face-up appeal and displays minute traces of quartz in the crevices and

Los #: 651

Schätzpreis: 160.000 $ - 200.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Rare, Large Leaf Gold Specimen from Papua New Guinea--"The Seahorse"

Edie Creek region, Wau Province, Papua New Guinea The Edie Creek area has been a historic gold and silver mining area since 1926. Located about 5 km south-west of Wau, it was the center of one of the first major gold rushes in Papua New Guinea before World War II. It is particularly rare to find

Los #: 652

Schätzpreis: 2.000 $ - 3.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Brazilian Crystallized Gold

Serro Do Caldeirao, Pontes e Lacerda, Mato Grosso, Brazil Mining in the greater Mato Grosso region dates back to the mid 1500s. Gold was first discovered in the Cuiabá Basin in 1718, and the town of Poconé owes its origin to a gold rush which occurred during the late 1770s. Mining activity declined

Los #: 653

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Diamond Crystal and Gold in Conglomerate

300 million years old Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil Millions of years ago there was a diamondiferous kimberlitic pipe somewhere in Brazil. As the pipe eroded, the diamonds washed into the streams and rivers which later dried up and the material "cemented" together to form a conglomerate of sand

Los #: 654

Schätzpreis: 1.500 $ - 2.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Pair of Black Opals with Pseudo Cat's Eye Effect and Chinese Writing Pattern

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia Each oval cabochon, a solid black opal with a rolling flash that would be termed a pseudo cat's eye effect and one having a Chinese writing pattern zig-zag effect. Together weighing approximately 2.58 carats and measuring 10.34 x 6.13 x 3.27mm and 10.53 x

Los #: 655

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Black Crystal Opal with "Chinese Writing" Pattern

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia An oval cabochon of solid crystal opal with a cross-hatched pattern known in the opal hobby as "Chinese writing" which is visible with electric green play-of-color. When held at a horizontal angle the cross-hatch pattern appears to be a mountainscape with

Los #: 656

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Rare Pseudo Cat's Eye Opal

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia This stunning cabochon displays a rolling flash which forms a very distinct line directly across the apex of the dome. The cat's eye effect is blood red-orange in certain light, sharp and complete. Weighing approximately 0.69 carats and measuring 6.8 x

Los #: 657

Schätzpreis: 1.500 $ - 2.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Rare Black Opal--"Mackerel or Ribbon Pattern"

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia A beautiful opal either by night or day, the present stone is particularly notable for its mackerel pattern, the name for the ribbon pattern of opalization which is so sought-after by knowledgeable opal collectors. Displaying extensive orange ribbons with

Los #: 658

Schätzpreis: 30.000 $ - 50.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019

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Freeform Black Opal

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia Suitable for mounting as a pendant, this large triangular, free-form black opal has vivid broad flash, ribbon pattern and spectral play-of-color predominating in red, orange, yellow and flashes of electric purple and green. Weighing approximately 18.97

Los #: 659

Schätzpreis: 22.000 $ - 28.000 $

Datum: 20.05.2019