High Country Gold was created by a small group of environmentally conservative collectors, mineral & property owners who are focused on the last rare remains of what has been found in the once called "land of glittering dreams" of California.
"The popular images of gold miners from the Gold Rush, either panning for gold nuggets in a mountain stream or digging into thick veins of gold with pick-axes, bear almost no resemblance to the way gold is mined today. Most rich veins of gold, where gold could be separated in solid chunks from the surrounding ore, have been exhausted. Today, gold mining is as much about chemistry of solvents as it is about the rough physics of a shovel and pick axe. This is because today gold is now primarily found in very low concentrations – less than 10 grams per ton. Therefore, the only way to extract gold found in such small quantities is to create large open-pit mines through blasting, and excavating large amounts of ore. Excavated ore is pulverized into a fine powder in order to free the gold. The powder is combined with water to form a muddy mix called a slurry. Is is at this point that the ore is treated with a liquid solvent to dissolve the gold." http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/1120.html
Therefore to reveal where these amazing pieces of gold originate could quite possibly jeopardize the future beauty of such reclusive wildlife areas. This is the prime reason why the private owners and collectors of these gold ore pieces wish to remain anonymous. Let us appreciate the beauty of the land we live in, improve our economy without sacrificing our environment.
This is a VERY high grade, genuine gold ore. This piece is covered in sparking gold. You don't even need to look through a jeweler's loop to see the gold covered on this rock ore. Origin of this type of ore: California. There's no guessing how much gold you'll find embedded in this piece. You must refine the ore to get the exact amount, but we're not alone when we say this gold ore is more valuable when buying to collect & keep just the way it is
"From the mother lode all the way down to the deserts, the state of California has long been famous for high grade deposits of gold quartz with visible native gold."
"For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service." – John Burroughs