This gorgeous one of a kind chain is 20.5″ long and consists of natural gold nuggets and genuine meteorites. These are all securely soldered and attached with 18k gold and platinum links. We had to look long and hard to find meteors that had similar shapes and texture to our raw Alaskan gold. The total weight of this unique 2-tone chain is 48.0 dwt. or 74.7 grams, almost 2.5 troy ounces!
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 us stop buying this type of gold, this art will eventually be forgotten.