This one-of-a-kind natural gold nugget skull pendant is a show stopper!
This gold nugget was found this summer near Coldfoot, in the heart of Alaska. It made me think of a golden skull from the first time I saw it, when we are lucky enough to find an interesting shape like this, we like to design something very special. We made this pendant using 18k yellow and white gold with 5.45 carats of red garnet eyes, garnet is often found when mining gold. We gave this special piece a lot of attention to detail, we even gave it a gold tooth. This pendant is massive, the total weight is 151.7 grams, almost 5 troy ounces of gold, the weight of the raw nugget itself is over 2 1/2 ounces!
The price does not include the chains shown, this piece will fit a chain up to about 9mm.
This must be paid by bank wire, call us at 907-278-8414 if you would like more information.
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.
Most of the gold mined in the world is from “hard rock mining” where rock is crushed using big machines and small particles of gold are separated out. This is the most cost-efficient way to extract gold. The problem with this process is that it destroys these beautiful pieces of art. This means if stores like ours stop buying this type of gold, this art will eventually be forgotten.