Native Elements Update on February 27, 2008 -- Modest Mix of Classics!

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Trinity Co., California

13.7 mm x 7.4 mm x 4.5 mm (33.0 gn)







This a neat gold nugget that looks a lot like a lobster claw (or a boxing glove, perhaps).  It is what it is, a gold nugget that was found by panning around in the mud.  It has a good size for the price,and it looks much brighter in person (the pics gave it a more bronze appearance).  If you want a nice nugget for a good price, look no further!


Copper in Calcite
Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA

86.8 mm x 66.1 mm x 34.1 mm






OK, I realize this is more of a calcite specimen than a copper specimen, but I had to throw it in hear to have at least five specimens on this page!  It fits in well with the copper specimen below, as they are from the same general locale.  Copper included calcite from this locale is much sought after by collectors.  This specimen is actually repaired in the center, as it is an old specimen that has been around the block (former Hugh Ford, and Larry Conklin) and you can see an area where some calcite is missing.  The truth is, this specimen could be separated at the repair into two pieces and each one sold separately (one piece would not have the full terminations but still great, complex crystallization).  If not for the repair, it's a four figure specimen.  But the crystal form could not be better, and the inclusions are just amazing, bright, without any green, just pure coppery goodness.


Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA

52.9 mm x 28.8 mm x 23.2 mm






This is just a magnificent copper specimen from a world reknowned classic U.S. locale.  I purchased this specimen about 7 years ago and never intended to release it.  Because it just shows such incredible crystallization.  Many copper specimens from Keweenaw blend in with the next, they show lackluster crystallization or show too much oxidation or dullness.  But this specimen is an absolute killer that can be displayed from several angles because it is so well crystallized.  Look at the pictures, and you will see octahedral crystals, tetrahedrons, and others.  And the specimen has a gorgeous patina, uniform throughout, like a lucky penny you've kept for years and years.  Oh yes, if you want a great American copper specimen, you have found it!


Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co.,
California, USA

32.3 mm x 23.4 mm x 16.9 mm






The Eagle's Nest mine is famous for well crystallized gold on quartz matrix.  This piece does not have the mega-sharp crystallization of the mega-expensive specimens from this locale, but it is crystallized, showing mostly thick leafy form (also noted for the locale), with some areas that could be interpreted as more three-dimensional in form.  A very aesthetic piece for an affordable price.  It has a rich coverage of gold, a lot of weight to it, and it looks great in a display cabinet!


Talnakh Cu-Ni Deposit, Noril'sk, Putoran Plateau, Taimyr Peninsula,
Krasnoyarsk Territory, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

11 mm x 6 mm x 6 mm (37.8 gn)







If you are a native elements collector, then this is an terrific opportunity for you to own an amazing platinum specimen, I mean, just look at the pictures!  Not a nugget, but a crystal group!  Heck, even if you only collect gem crystals, you should still consider buying this specimen because it is just way too cool to pass up!  It consists of two main crystals that show marvelous cubic form, and there are smaller parallel crystals on the underside of the specimen.  The size is also quite respectable at over one centimeter, as most platinum crystals you see on the market are half the size.  The specimen has a heftiness to it (well, it is one of the densest elements on earth), and you will feel this when you hold it in your palm and let it roll side to side.  Also, a lot of the platinum from this locale is coated with gold, but this specimen is all silvery goodness.  Not like gold is ugly, but its nice to see such purity in the specimen.


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