Roasted Gold


“Roasted” Gold from Cripple Creek, Colorado
ex. Bill Klein Collection

1 in stock


Gold has a hardness of 2½ – 3 and a specific gravity of 15 – 19.3. According to Mindat, “Gold is one of the first minerals used by prehistoric cultures. The Latin name for this mineral was ‘aurum’ and Jöns Jakob Berzelius used Au to represent the element when he established the current system of chemical symbols. The Old English word ‘gold’ first appeared in written form about 725 and may further have been derived from ‘gehl’ or ‘jehl’. May be derived from Anglo-Saxon ‘gold’ = yellow.”

When this was first found, there likely wasn’t any visible gold showing. But, after a short spa trip to the furnace, the Gold melted out! While it’s not known exactly how much Gold is present, or its purity, it still definitely makes for a great representation of that element as it’s found naturally!

Gold has been found in more than 34,315 recorded localities on Mindat, with thousands in Colorado, but Cripple Creek is undoubtedly one of its most famous Gold-producing districts! Gold is a metal that will never tarnish, and will likely forever be valued by all who get the opportunity to own or find some, so be sure to keep your eyes out for a rock like this and you’ll be able to find your own Gold!


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