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Well the boys and i went out for a quick hunt on the 4th since i was off. I chased the gold for a bit and then we decided to go hit a relic spot on our friends property. Has a cool placer area and a big area for relics. No nuggets this trip but Cameron found some cool stuff. But the pin he found tops pretty much the last couple trips weve taken. I cant find a makers mark or any other identifying marks. Under the lighted loop and regular loop it sure looks like gold. What do you guys think? Ill post the rest of his finds after we get them cleaned up. Take care everyone. 

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Wow Dan that is nice. Id guess its the real deal. the setting looks great. congrats on that find.

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Thanks Bob. Usually we find gold gilded stuff or plated. But comparing it to other stuff we have found, it sure looks different. Hes happy as heck with it.

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I also say it looks great, I agree looks to be gold to me!!

Can you post a photo of the "eye" where the pin of the clasp goes into, sometimes you can sorta date jewelry from the type of clasp it has

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Sure will Skip. Ill get it first thing in the AM. Cameron has it in his room with him. He is asleep lol.

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Also get a photo of the hinge/pivot for the pin.

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I'll tell ya Dan another reason I think it is gold is that its a light weight setting. the stone looks like Colorado, Telluride or Silverton, or Idarado or could be Nv.

AzNuggetBob

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Maybe quartz with tourmaline in it?

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Wow! That is one cool find!. Sure looks like gold.

You can get little acid test kits on E-bay pretty cheap to test it with.
Tom H.

 

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11 minutes ago, nugget108 said:

Maybe quartz with tourmaline in it?

Quartz with silver/gold. AzNuggetBob

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The pin definitely looks hand made. AzNuggetBob

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Wow , that is a great find ,  I hope to find something that cool looking.

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Really nice find. Congrats. Very hard to tell exactly what it is.

I'd photograph it outside in natural light. Not in direct sunlight but in shade.

Take it to a local jeweler or pawn shop for a gold check. Might cost a few bucks but at least you'll know one way or another.

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6 hours ago, AzNuggetBob said:

I'll tell ya Dan another reason I think it is gold is that its a light weight setting. the stone looks like Colorado, Telluride or Silverton, or Idarado or could be Nv.

AzNuggetBob

 

5 hours ago, AzNuggetBob said:

Quartz with silver/gold. AzNuggetBob

I think you might be right about it being electrum in quartz, here's a photo of electrum in quartz that looks very similar abeit in rough quartz.

Engineer Mine

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I'm almost certain that this was made in the late 1800s just from the little I can see of the pin and closure/catch.

Closures of that time period had a C shaped "hook" for the pin to catch, had a T shaped barrel pivot point, i.e. the pin and barrel make the T shape, and also the pin was much longer back then usually sticking out past the body of the brooch.

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That's a great find! El Dorado had some material similar to that which he cabbed and made some jewelry. It was quartz gold and the same clear quartz. Congrats to your son for his find!

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Cool find !....Personally , I would say its native silver until something would indicate that gold is present.

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2 hours ago, Au Seeker said:

I'm almost certain that this was made in the late 1800s just from the little I can see of the pin and closure/catch.

Closures of that time period had a C shaped "hook" for the pin to catch, had a T shaped barrel pivot point, i.e. the pin and barrel make the T shape, and also the pin was much longer back then usually sticking out past the body of the brooch.

That describes it completely Skip. Ill have more pics here soon.

Thanks everyone. 

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That's an awesome find!

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Hard to tell for sure but the stone looks like it has dendrites.

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K here are some better pics on the hood of my truck in the shade like suggested. Looks better Morlock.

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And one in direct sunlight. 

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You're killing me. Get to a jeweler for a gold carat check. :grr01::pop::barnie::th_coffeescreen:

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1 hour ago, adam said:

Cool find !....Personally , I would say its native silver until something would indicate that gold is present.

Oops !  I thought you were talking about the stone ...Nevermind  :rolleyes:

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