• Gold Nuggets

    Gold nuggets are created in nature as a result of the surface weathering processes on high-grade gold bearing quartz veins, or rarely other types of geologic gold deposits.

    Frequently the sources of these deposits, known as placers, are unknown, probably totally eroded, or deeply buried. Most gold deposits do not form placers when they erode through time because the gold doesn't occur in large enough particles to survive the mechanical wear and tear of the weathering cycle. Therefore, gold nuggets are relatively rare. In addition, most of the gold nuggets that were found during the times of the American West gold rush days have been melted down and their gold exists today as gold bullion, gold coins, or as jewelry. This is especially true of larger nuggets, in the 1/4 ounce and larger sizes. This is the reason these nuggets are priced at more than their metal values.

    Another noteworthy fact about gold nuggets is their fineness, or actual pure gold content. Most of the gold found in the American West is alloyed with silver, and rarely copper. This means that nuggets are frequently composed of mixtures of gold and silver with mostly 75% to 85% gold and 15% to 25% silver. This is usually expressed as 750 to 850 fine. The higher content of silver in gold nuggets, the paler the color. To find the true gold content or fineness of any gold specimen requires a special fire assay determination. More than 20% silver content is technically named Electrum. Some countries such as Australia tend to have higher fineness gold nuggets.

    Rarely, gold nuggets will be found in their crystal form, which is Isometric. This will frequently be expressed as cubes, octohedrons, or trigonal shapes. These nuggets surely would not have traveled far from their parent source.

    All of the gold nuggets available from NorthernNevadaGold.com have been found using a metal detector.

    All gold nuggets shown are mounted in a 1" x 1" Thumbnail "Perky-Box" . All have labels on the bottom of box, and inside box, giving Name, Location, and weights.

  • Specimen Gold

    Specimen gold is generally found and retrieved from lode gold deposits. These are usually high-grade occurences found in quartz veins, or less commonly calcite. Gold may also be found as specimens in, or with iron oxides, adularia (a low-temperature feldspar), sulfides, and with other silica-rich minerals such as tourmaline, amythest, or clay minerals.

    Gold crystallizes in the isometric system. Many of the most common isometric crystal shapes such as cubes, octahedrons (pyramid-like), are very uncommon. Natural gold crystals tend to be distorted, thus it typically forms skeletal crystals, sheets, leafs, wires, and dendritic forms. Very rarely a trigon is found on the surfaces of leaf gold. This triangle appears as though stamped or engraved on the leaf gold surfaces.

    The greatest number of gold specimens exhibit a "crystalline" form. This irregular gold specimen display is the result of using Hydrofluoric Acid to dissolve away the quartz matrix from the gold. This will leave a delicate gold specimen that illustrates the complex crystallization forms that the gold assumed as it formed.

    All of the gold forms discussed above are available from NorthernNevadaGold.com, either in current or future offerings.

    All gold specimens shown are mounted in either a 1" x 1" Thumbnail "Perky-Box" or a 2" x 2" Miniature "Perky-Box". All have labels on the bottom of box, and inside box, giving Name, Location, and weights.

  • Pumpkinseed Whisky Flasks

    I recently blundered into a unique opportunity: authentic antique Pumpkinseed whisky flasks. These date from the mid 1880s to around 1910. They were found in Austin, Nevada. They are starting to turn purple and will turn deeper if left in direct sunshine. They turn purple because in the day, glass makers added Potassium Permanganate to the melt to scavenge iron and clarify the glass. Ultra Violate sun rays turn the glass purple over time and exposure. These are in wonderful condition, no dings or scratches, only some faint ground hazing and some rainbow pearlized irridescence on some. I am offering these for $15.00 plus $5.00 shipping.

  • Apex Picks

    Northern Nevada Gold sells and endorses Apex Prospecting Picks. They're the best.

  • Nevada Gold Jewelry

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  • Paydirt

    Northern Nevada Gold is now offering a new product for prospectors and Gold panning enthusiasts. This concentrated mix of auriferous sand, silt, and gravel will help test the panner's Gold capture technique with the assurance of a guaranteed amount of Gold fines and small nuggets. (10---25 mesh). This virgin material comes from a rich, Nevada placer where Gold fines and nuggets are processed by using back-hoes, metal detectors, and dry washers. This paydirt concentrate has been screened to 0.5 inch and comes in an attractive, re-sealable, zip-lock, heavy gauge plastic bag. Three sizes are offered; a 1/2 pound bag, a 1 pound bag, and a 3 pound bag. These bags are sealed before shipping thereby assuring a tamper-proof product. Larger sizes are available upon request. These bags make great gifts...everyone likes GOLD!!

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  • Specimen Gold 3449MNH
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    UNIQUE!!!  Crystallized Gold from Manhattan, NV, from an old collection.  Shows complex, modified leaf and weakly dendritic thin, Gold leaves with a frosted appearance, due to huge amounts of tiny leaves, growing on the larger leaves. Brilliant luster, Gold shows rich orangish hue. Unique texture!! Matrix appears to be a soft, white, clay mineral.      A specific gravity determination shows 5.04 Grams Gold. Uncommon piece. 

  • 3770ak
    Gold Nugget 3770AK
    Weight: 2.6 Grams
    Size: 1.4 x 0.9 x 0.4cm
    Mining District: Ganes Creek
    $160.00 (Click or mouse over for description)
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    Sweet little nugget showing rich, bronzy-yellow color, and very bright luster. No  Quartz matrix remains. Found in the Ganes Creek Alaska placer fields using a metal detector. Weighs .08 oz.

  • 3812sns
    Specimen Gold 3812SS
    Weight: 40 Grams
    Size: 6.3 x 2.5 x 1.7cm
    Mining District: Eureka
    County: San Juan Co. CO
    $220.00 (Click or mouse over for description)
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    Crystalline Gold specimen from the historic Sunnyside Mine, San Juan Co. Colorado.   Has one face cut with diamond saw. Gold shows on all faces. Gold occurs as disseminated, ragged leaves, flakes, granules and irregular forms where Gold has crystallized around Quartz.  Gold shows brilliant luster, and a deep-yellow color.  Abundant Sphalerite in the matrix, with few % of Chalcopyrite and pyrite. . (untreated)

    A Specific Gravity determination indicates 3.8 Grams Gold.

  • Gold Nugget Jewelry
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    An elegant and splendid Gold nugget necklace.  The nugget is very crystalline and fancy. Exhibits brite luster and a vibrant honey-yellow color. Has a 20 inch..14 karat Gold-filled chain and 14 Karat Gold clasp. Nugget weighs .09 ounce.

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    Specimen Gold 3926RM
    Weight: 0.55 Grams
    Mining District: Rochester
    County: Pershing Co. NV
    $35.00 (Click or mouse over for description)
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    Curious!!!    Crystallized Gold specimen from the Rochester Mining District. Gold shows brilliant luster, and a buttery-yellow color. Exhibits moderate octahedral crystal growth along a dendritic format. Devoid of any matrix. Found in an old, historic, Gold camp. Weighs .02 oz.

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    Gold Nugget 3966DN
    Weight: 16.8 Grams
    Size: 2.6 x 1.7 x 0.5cm
    Mining District: Rich Hill, Stanton
    County: Yavapai Co. AZ
    $1,010.00 (Click or mouse over for description)
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    HALF OUNCER!!!!  

    A splendid, robust, Gold nugget from the Devils Nest Placer, Rich Hill mining district, Stanton, Arizona.  Shows soft, velvety luster, and a rich, orangish color. Rare trace Quartz remains, nice character, well water worn piece. Found using a metal detector in this old, historic, Arizona Gold camp.  Weighs .54 oz.

  • Gold Nugget 3973DN
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    Lovely little nugget showing rich, buttery-yellow color, and very bright luster. No Quartz matrix remains. Interesting character. Shows water wear and tear. Found in Stanton Arizona placer fields using a metal detector.   Weighs .16 oz.

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    Gold Nugget 4097MR
    Weight: 15.9 Grams
    Size: 2.7 x 2 x 0.8cm
    Mining District: Central Mining District
    County: Humboldt Co. NV
    $990.00 (Click or mouse over for description)
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    Splendid 1/2 ounce Gold nugget showing soft, velvety luster, and a pale champagne-yellow color.  Interesting character.  Few % sand, and clay matrix remains. Shows water wear. Found using a metal detector.   Weighs .53 oz.

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    Gold Nugget 4107RC
    Weight: 1.7 Grams
    Size: 1.7 x 1 x 0.2cm
    Mining District: Rose Creek
    County: Pershing Co. NV
    $100.00 (Click or mouse over for description)
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    A nice flat nugget from the Rose Creek placer fields. Shows soft, luminous luster and an orange-yellow color.  Trace clay matrix remains.  Found using a Goldbug2 metal detector.

    Weighs .06 Ounce.

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