Crystalline gold on quartz Click to enlarge image
Crystalline gold on quartz, Edwarts Pit, Golden Mile, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia. 9 x 4 x 3.5cm. Acquired using the Gwendoline A West bequest. Image: Stuart Humphreys
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Gold always has instant appeal, and this photogenic specimen certainly attracts attention. This twisted, jagged ribbon of crystalline gold is draped aesthetically over a matrix of milky quartz. It was mined in 2007 from the Edwards Pit in Western Australia’s famous Golden Mile. It contains four ounces (120 g) of gold.

Specimen details

  • Origin

    Edwards Pit, Golden Mile Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, Australia

  • Size

    4 x 9 x 3.5cm

  • Date

    Registered 2008

  • Collection number


It was purchased in 2008 from a Western Australian mineral dealer with a grant from the Gwendoline West Bequest through the Australian Museum Foundation. The mineral dealer had nonchalantly pulled out two gold specimens, carefully wrapped, and the Collection Manager immediately fell in love with this one!

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