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This exceptional gold specimen was collected within the last five years from the Mockingbird mine, Mariposa County, California. The gray-black crystals associated with the gold are petzite, a rare gold, silver and tellurium-bearing mineral (Ag3AuTe2). The gold specimen represents one of the best examples of crystallized gold from the United States.  The specimen stands 9 cm (3.5") tall.  This specimen has been unofficially named the "Golden Fairy".

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The Unveiling of the Whitney Alexandrite

On April 7th, 2010, we attended the unveiling of our gift to the Smithsonian's fine gem collection.  It was an amazing day for all.  It was the first time the public had a chance to see a new exhibit unveiled during normal hours.  The director of the natural history museum, the curator of the gem collection, and family and friends participated in the unveiling.    Next time you are in DC check it out.  It is located in the gem hall.

The following link gets you to the official Smithsonian webpage for this latest acquisition, including photos and the history of the stone.  

https://geogallery.si.edu/index.php/en/10210016/whitney-alexandrite

 

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Here are a few photos from the event. (L) Day before unveiling with Coralyn & Dwight; (C)  Friends and family look on as Cristian Samper, director of the Natural History Museum, Coralyn, and Jeff Post, curator of the gem collection, are ready to unveil the exhibit; (R)  Coralyn and her daughter, Elyse, day after the unveiling (you can barely see a red glow of alexandrite in the exhibit; hopefully, better pictures to come).

Whitney Alexandrite - 17 Carat Brazilian Gem
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Teal blue in outdoor light; Raspberry inside.

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