The ghost town of the Kennecott mines sits north of the McCarthy airport, in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Pr...Read More
Enjoy this authentic handcrafted Star of Alaska covellite and gold nugget ring. Handcrafted in 14 karat gold setting with 2 natural gold nugget inlaid panels on each side. Our exclusive covellite with veins of gold pyrite is mined in the Kennicott Mines in the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain Range, now a National Park & Preserve. It is some of the highest grade covellite found in the world. One-of-a-kind. Includes a certificate of authenticity.
All pieces of covellite are hand-cut to fit the jewelry design then properly shined using 6 different jewelry polishing wheels. Each nugget is hand inlaid like a puzzle and soldered in by our master jewelers, which is very labor-intensive. Because covellite and gold nuggets found in nature are rare and one-of-a-kind you will receive the product pictured with very slight variations in nugget shape and veining. All jewelry is backed by the manufacturer.
If this item is not in stock our jeweler will make it in 4-6 weeks and ship it straight to your door.
Star of Alaska Guide
The Star of Alaska’s beauty reflects its local lineage and is fully indigenous from "the last frontier." It is a gem-quality stone, originally mined at the historic Kennecott Mine, once owned by J.P. Morgan and the Guggenheim family and located in the remote wilderness of the Wrangell-St. Elias mountain range. Rosemary Libert through her Star of Alaska line has taken these gems and transformed them into exquisite pieces with rich Alaskan ancestry.
This gem-quality material is not commercially mined in Alaska and is increasingly rare, difficult to find, and highly sought after by gem collectors. The production from the Kennecott Mine is considered the finest quality Star of Alaska in the world because it was found in large, pure, massive pieces. The mine, which opened in 1906, closed permanently in 1938, making the gems scarce. For years, the stones for the original pieces were in a private estate. Rosemary continues to work with Alaskan rock and mineral collectors to source this amazing mineral.
For those looking for a piece of jewelry that beautifully captures the wonders of the wide-open Alaskan skies and expansive wilderness, the Star of Alaska is perfect: intense beauty, rare quality, and locally sourced.
Look for the registered *A* stamp on the back of each fine piece, your assurance of authentic Star of Alaska fine jewelry.
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 digs 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 the 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 have 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 goldfields. 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
Karat Definition and Guide
Karat values range from 24K down to 9k. The gold content on anything 8k or less is so low that it wouldn't be considered solid gold jewelry.
Technically you should never depend solely on a gold hallmark to determine gold value. Some people will illegally mark plated gold with 14K gold stampings to try to sell for a profit.
Ranges of Karat Values
Karat vs. Carat
The term carat, spelled with a "c," is often confused with the term karat. They are both pronounced the same, but carat refers to the weight of a gemstone. You could have a 1.5 carat diamond set in an 18 karat gold setting.
The karat system is used to measure the amount of pure gold found in solid gold jewelry. In the US, numbers are associated with the percentage of pure gold in a piece.
Solid Gold vs. Pure Gold
The phrase "solid gold jewelry" is a misnomer because, most times, this jewelry is not made up of solid gold. This term references jewelry that has a gold alloy throughout the entire piece.
On the other hand, the phrase "pure gold jewelry" is used to describe jewelry that is made up entirely of gold with little to no alloys present.
How a Gold Alloy is Formed
A portion of the gold is mixed with different alloys or metals, which creates a specific formula. Each gold color, like white gold or rose gold, uses a different combination of alloys.
Karat Used in Costume Jewelry
The term karat is also used on gold filled and gold plated jewelry. Even though these pieces are not solid gold, the gold portion of the jewelry has a certain percentage of pure gold designated through karats.
Expert Tip: If your piece of jewelry is marked 14KGF or 10KGF, that is a common indication that the item is gold filled and is not solid gold. However, the marking 14KP or 14KP does not necessarily mean gold plated. It also can stand for 14K gold plumb, which is solid gold.
If your piece of jewelry has a P in the marking, be sure to have the gold tested.
These values are primarily used on gold from the Unites States. You will see a lot of 22k gold and 9k gold in other countries. Gold jewelry from other countries may have an entirely different set of gold marking.