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English: Gold
Locality: Mina Zapata, Santa Elena de Uairen, Bolívar, Venezuela (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: 3.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 cm.
These sharp, complex gold crystals showing complex hoppered crystallization have become a modern classic that stand among the great gold specimens of all time. Very few specimens like these giants have been found at other locales (most notably Alta Floresta in Brazil a few years ago), not for the combination of size and sharpness both. This particular, large crystal is a superb example, complete-all-around, with particularly equant "fins" radiating out from the middle axis. It is a full miniature and until recently was in the noted collection of Gene Meieran of Phoenix, AZ. I obtained it from him in exchange in Tucson of 2007. Gene is himself a gold specialist, and so the fact that this was one of his several examples from here adds a bit of confidence to my estimation of its quality. I feel confident knowing that he had so much more opportunity, context, and knowledge base than I, as a serious gold collector, when he picked this specimen. He was able to examine these and purchase several of the finest when they were coming out in the mid 1990s (mostly), in part through his friend, dealer Wayne Thompson. This particular specimen was long in the Meieran collection and in fact was exhibited in a well-known combination exhibition of native elements (gold, silver, platinum, copper) that was on view at the Tucson show some years ago.
Deutsch: Gold
Fundort: Mina Zapata, Santa Elena de Uairen, Simón Bolívar, Venezuela (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 3.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 cm.
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source http://www.mindat.org/photo-270420.html
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