I'm home for a doctor's appointment so I thought I'd throw a jar of gold in a pan for a little 'show & tell'.
We're pulling a lot of quartz / gold pieces this year. One piece has quartz, a manganese coating and hole through the middle. Some others have an iron oxide tint. Fun stuff to look at under a 10X glass. I'll do a further update on the gold when we pull out of camp.
Due to the extremely low water levels, I had to retire my Bazooka Gold Trap Sluice in favor of my Rockin' Gold Grabber. We have heavy concentrations of black sand in our pay gravel so we do a cleanup of the top collection trays after a few buckets and the bottom sluice after 4 or 5 buckets. It's cool to pull the classifier off and see gold laying among the expanded metal on the 1st collection tray. My wife will call them out..."there's one, there's another one and another one, oh, look at that chunky monkey".
I'm not sure how many more weeks of mining I have left this summer. I'll find out after my doctor's appointment. Hopefully it's another month as we are in a fantastic spot and we're averaging close to 2 grams a day over the last week. Our work day on the claim averages between 3½ and 4½ hours due to the side effects of my treatment, so close to 2 grams a day is pretty good.
(Right click>Open in New Tab to view the gold pic up close.)