Check out this unique Alaskan shark tooth pendant in 18k yellow gold. This pendant features a natural tooth shaped gold nugget that was found in Alaska last year during the 2022 mining season. When we are lucky enough to find an interesting shape like this, we like to design something very special. This 1.4 dwt. nugget is mounted in a custom frame made of 18 karat yellow gold. The Alaskan shark tooth pendant is just over 1 1/4″ tall.
Hunting for salmon sharks has been quite popular in Alaska for several years, they range from Nome down to Ketchikan. Averaging between 400 – 500 pounds, Salmon Sharks are capable of high-speed runs and acrobatic leaps that will impress even the most experienced big game fisherman. Battles ranging from one to four hours are commonplace.
On any given day, local gold miners will come into our shop throughout the year with the gold nuggets they mined that season. We look through their stash and choose the very best nuggets to make into pendants. These are natural pieces of “placer gold” which means they are mined from the rivers and streams around Alaska. Otherwise known as the “Klondike”. Finding gold nuggets in their natural state is very rare. In fact, gold nuggets make up only 2% of all gold that is found. These nuggets themselves will vary in purity from about 75% to 95% pure gold, or 18k-22k. Due to the fact that these pieces are completely natural, other minerals can sometimes be mixed in such as silver and platinum.