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White Quartz Gold Flake and Pietersite


Have a few clients searching a white opaque quartz with natural gold
flakes inside.

Used for inlay. Maybe created? Supposedly mined in Arizona?

Does anyone know anything about this material?

People selling the tourquise and corral in Arizona/New Mexico need
something to beat the competition. Every shop, side by side, is
loaded with the same product.

I have suggested Pietersite, quartz variety, opal like stone from
Africa. Great for inlay. No takers?

Any thoughts?

Ed Cleveland



I believe the mine that is best known for this material is called
the 16 to 1 mine in California. I do believe they are still mining
this material. Some years ago there was a source in southern Colorado
that produced a grayish white quartz with gold but I think that mine
is no longer producing the material.

Greg DeMark
Custom Jewelry - Handmade Jewelry - Antique Jewelry

#3 This is one possible source
of that material assuming this is what you’re looking for, think it’s
also found in Colorado and a couple other places as well.

This may be of even greater interest to you, more likely the AZ
source that you’re seeking. I’ll sure go looking for this awesome
stuff in Tucson in Feb!

HTH too, Carol in what’s left of New Orleans, ack!


yes, i’ve seen this stone and it is lovely. try in california.




The quartz with gold you are searching for is being manufactured by
Jimmy Vacek of 49er Minerals in Scottsdale, AZ.

Gerry Galarneau