Gold in Quartz Man’s Ring

May 27th, 2010 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG
Gympie Gold in Quartz in Mardon Ring

Gympie Gold in Quartz in Mardon Ring

For a very special gift for Father’s Day or perhaps an anniversary, consider this striking one-of-a-kind man’s ring, set with a gorgeous gold in quartz gemstone from the Eldorado Mine in Gympie, Queensland, Australia.  You can easily see the dramatic eruption of pure gold in the white quartz matrix– simply stunning!

I picked this gem out at Tucson a while back from the booth of an affable Aussie– Aussie gem dealers are alway a hoot to work with– they have such joie de vivre and a good sense of fun– he had absolutely the best selection of gold in quartz that I had ever seen. The current activity in the gold market got me to thinking about the stone again, and finally, inspiration struck!

Good quality gold in quartz stones are very rare on the market today– it’s actual gold ore, where native veins and crystals of pure gold are present in white quartzite, so it usually gets processed for the metal.  The only way we see gold in quartz  gemstones is when the veining is rich and picturesque and the quartz in very white as well as being stable enough to fashioned into gems.

The Sierra Nevada mountains of California produced a lot of gold in quartz during the Gold Rush days of the Forty-Niners, but most of that material I have seen is less dramatic than this Gympie material.

We created the ring with our JewelSmith CAD/CAM system– I sketched out the design concept which daughter Jenny skillfully executed.  We particularly like the contrast between the matte finish and polished veins on the sides of the ring.


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One Response to “Gold in Quartz Man’s Ring”

  1. James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG Says:

    This ring was made to show off this beautiful gold-in-quartz gemstone. It’s essentially a one of a kind item, but we can make a ladie’s version. Good gold-in-quartz has become increasingly rare, but yes, we can supply a gold-in-quartz gem and build the ring to suit

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