Gold-Bearing Quartz is one of the world's rarest forms of natural gold. It is found underground by hard rock miners in only a few locations in the world.
This unique formation is being mined 1,500 to 2,500 feet below the earth's surface. The natural veins of gold were formed by hydrothermal pressure deep within the earth millions of years ago. The quartz comes in various colors and sometimes contains other minerals. Pearl white is considered the most desirable and is used in our jewelry.
When the quartz contains a rare gold dispersion, an exquisite piece of jewelry can be created. The quartz rocks are cut into slabs to expose the veins. These slabs are then hand cut and polished into stones. The stones are set into specific 14kt designs to enhance the natural flow of the gold and bring out their beauty. Each gemstone of quartz crystal is one-of-a-kind. Most have never seen gold quartz which makes it an unique and special gift.
Gold is formed naturally in quartz deposits in the earth. When erosion takes place, exposed veins of gold break off and wash into rivers and streams. The natural movement of the water tumbles the gold against sand and rocks, forming the Natural Gold Nugget. This gives each nugget its texture, shape, and character.
Natural gold is found by miners and left in its natural form, unaltered by man. Natural gold nuggets average 22kt or 90% pure. This compares with 10kt (41%) or 14kt (58.5%) gold. Natural Gold Nuggets of fine quality are unique and one of a kind.
The gold purity will vary from rivers and streams. Gold Nuggets can be found from 70% to as high as 95% pure depending on the mix of other minerals with the gold. This high purity accounts for the rich luster and color of natural gold. Nuggets are weighed by the troy ounce, 20 pennyweight (dwt), equaling one ounce of gold. They are sold at a premium price based on their rarity, shape, and size. Higher gold content and character have more value. This is similar to the grading of a fine quality diamond. The larger the Gold Nugget, the more rare it is. A one-ounce nugget is now considered as rare as a five-carat diamond.