Enjoythis authentic hand crafted gold quartz ladies ring. Handcrafted in 14 karat gold with natural gold quartz and gold nuggets on both sides. Proudly made inthe USA by Orocal Natural Gold Company. One-of-a-kind. Includes acertificate of authenticity.
Approx weight: 4.02g
Allpieces of gold quartz are hand cut to fit the jewelry design thenproperly shined using 6 different jewelry polishing wheels. Eachnugget is hand inlaid like a puzzle and soldered in by our masterjewelers, which is very labor intensive. Gold quartz is a durablestone in fact it is a 7 out of 10 on the hardness scale. Becausegold quartz and gold nuggets found in nature are rare and one-of-a-kind you willreceive the product pictured with very slight variations in veining and nuggetshape. All jewelry is backed by the manufacturer.
If this item is not in stock ourjeweler will make it in 4-6 weeks and ship it straight to your door.
Whatis gold quartz? Millionsof years ago, gold was formed in quartz deposits by hydro-thermalpressure, deep within the earth. Gold remaining in these deposits iscalled gold bearing quartz or gold quartz for short. It is extremelyrare, accounting for less than 1/20th of 1% of all gold foundannually.
Whereis it found? Goldquartz is found in underground hard rock mines in the same areaswhere gold nuggets are found. In Alaska, it was first discovered in1880 in the town Juneau. Regions of Canada, California, and Australiaare also well known for gold quartz.
Grading Likeother precious gemstones, Gold quartz comes in different grades.Orocal is well known for having the highest quality authentic goldquartz with spectacular patterns of gold. We grade the quartz on afew different factors being how white the stone is. The brightness ofthe white increases the value along with the vein of gold. The actualpattern and placement of the exquisite gold vein. In fact that veinis very pure around 23% purity.
Authenticity Somestores sell man-made imitation gold quartz which is fragile andfrail. This leads consumers to believe its natural when it clearly isnot. When buying from us you know its authentic coming directly fromOrocal the source. We offer a 110% money back guarantee card which iscalled are Certificate of Authenticity.
KaratDefinition and Guide
Karatvalues range from 24K down to 9k. The gold content on anything 8k orless is so low that it wouldn't be considered solid gold jewelry.
Technicallyyou should never depend solely on a gold hallmark to determine goldvalue. Some people will illegally mark plated gold with 14K goldstampings to try to sell for a profit.
Rangesof Karat Values
24 karat (24K) gold is pure gold
18 karat (18K) gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts another metal or metals, making it 75% gold
14 karat (14K) gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts another metal or metals, making it 58.3% gold
10 karat (10K) gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts another metal or metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10k gold is the minimum karat designation that can still be called gold in the US
Theterm carat, spelled with a "c," is often confused with theterm karat. They are both pronounced the same, but carat refers tothe weight of a gemstone. You could have a 1.5 carat diamond setin an 18 karat gold setting.
Thekarat system is used to measure the amount of pure gold found insolid gold jewelry. In the US, numbers are associated with thepercentage of pure gold in a piece.
SolidGold vs. Pure Gold
Thephrase "solid gold jewelry" is a misnomer because, mosttimes, this jewelry is not made up of solid gold. This termreferences jewelry that has a gold alloy throughout the entire piece.
Onthe other hand, the phrase "pure gold jewelry" is used todescribe jewelry that is made up entirely of gold with little to noalloys present.
Howa Gold Alloy is Formed
Aportion of the gold is mixed with different alloys or metals, whichcreates a specific formula. Each gold color, like white gold or rosegold, uses a different combination of alloys.
KaratUsed in Costume Jewelry
Theterm karat is also used on gold filled and gold plated jewelry.Even though these pieces are not solid gold, the gold portion of thejewelry has a certain percentage of pure gold designated throughkarats.
ExpertTip: If your piece of jewelry is marked 14KGF or 10KGF, that is acommon indication that the item is gold filled and is not solid gold.However, the marking 14KP or 14KP does not necessarily mean goldplated. It also can stand for 14K gold plumb, which is solid gold.
Ifyour piece of jewelry has a P in the marking, be sure to have thegold tested.
Thesevalues are primarily used on gold from the Unites States. You willsee a lot of 22k gold and 9k gold in other countries. Gold jewelryfrom other countries may have an entirely different set of goldmarking.
Gold Nugget Guide
What is a natural gold nugget? It is a piece of gold that broke out of quartz deposits within the earth when erosion took place. It also goes by the name placer gold and each piece is a one of a kind with no two being exactly alike.
Where can gold nuggets be found? Wherever the effects of erosion took place. That would include rivers, streams, ancient dried up river channels and underground riverbeds.
How pure are they? Gold nuggets range from 65 to 95 fine 16-23KT gold and can have other mineral content such as silver and copper mixed in with it.
What sizes do they come in? Gold nuggets come in all sizes, the smaller one range in sizes from 1 millimeter up to 6 and is often referred to as flakes. Bigger flakes are called nuggets and have been found as large as 2500 ounces although almost all nuggets bigger than 300 ounces were melted.
How are gold nuggets found? They can be found in rivers and streams using a gold pan or suction dredges that act like an underground vacuum cleaner. Larger operations use large machinery that dig up huge sections of dirt weighing several tons and run it through machines that separate the gold from the dirt. Nuggets are also found using a metal detector.
How are they weighed? They are weighed by the troy ounces. 12 ounces = one pound which differs from weight which is 16 ounces to the pound. The troy ounces are broke up into 20-penny weight to the ounces and use the symbol DWT or by the grams which has 31.1 to the ounces. The larger the nugget the more rare and valuable they are. A one-ounce nugget is now considered as rare as a five-carat diamond. (How many of those do you own?)
Why are some real bright and others dull? Because it was formed underground in quartz deposit you often find quartz mixed in with it. When they broke off into the rivers and streams they tumbled against the sand and gravel, which gave the nuggets, it’s texture but dulled it. They can be cleaned in different solutions, and then tumbled in different media to give it the shine.
Where are your gold nuggets found? All of our gold nuggets under 4 grams come from two main sources. One is located near Dawson in the Yukon Territory. The second is Atlin, BC Canada about 50 miles as the crow flies from Skagway, Alaska. Skagway was where the miners of the 1898 Klondike gold rush traveled through to reach the gold fields. This is the reason we describe them as Alaskan Yukon BC nuggets, genuine, natural gold nuggets.
All of our gold nuggets are natural, genuine, and authentic as found in nature. Not all gold nuggets are natural, some people man-make them by taking smaller gold flakes melting them and casting them into the shape of a nugget. Make sure to ask if they are genuine natural gold nuggets as found by the miners and come with a certificate of authenticity.