Why is Gold Quartz the perfect keepsake from Alaska?

Gold Quartz reminds people who visit Alaska of the Gold Rush and the history of the Klondike, making it a perfect keepsake.

Whenever I travel, I always like to find something as a keepsake. Since I travel for a living, I don’t typically buy knick-knacks or things for my home. So what do I buy?  Jewelry!

One place I have been to numerous times is Alaska.  While I did buy an Ulu knife and a beautiful Alpaca pashmina that remind me of my time in Alaska, it is not easy to find something that I will have forever to remind me of the majestic mountains and the endearing wildlife. I don’t necessarily want a bear’s pawprint or a whale’s tail pendant.  What I do want is something natural and organic.

What is one thing that really shouts Alaska to me when it comes to jewelry? Gold and Gold Quartz.

What is Gold Quartz exactly?

Gold Quartz is one of the rarest forms of natural gold. It is typically mined at depths of 1500 to 2500 feet below the earth’s surface.  Hydrothermal pressure is responsible for forming this unique gem.  Keep in mind, no two are alike; every piece is unique. One thing for sure, it will be a beautiful addition to your jewelry wardrobe.

Originally discovered in Juneau, Alaska back in the 1880’s, it is now mostly found in California, as well as other parts of the Western United States,

Men walking on Dawson City’s ‘Riverside Drive,’ in 1897 during the Yukon Gold Rush. The new street is lined with the town’s first log and canvas structures.

Canada and even down in Australia. So while the piece you buy may not necessarily be from Alaska, keep in mind that was where it was first discovered.

As with any natural rare gemstone, there are always those of varying qualities. Gold Quartz is found in a number of different colors.  However, gem quality is white with veins of dazzling gold running throughout it. Think of pure white snow with the sun glistening off of it and that is what Gold Quartz looks like.

It’s a very versatile gem that you can basically wear with everything. In one sense, it is neutral enough that it can be worn by men or women. Either way, it’s a beauty!

Also with any rare gem of value, there will always be “fakes” or man-made replicas.  So it’s important to know what to look for and how to identify true Gold Quartz.  I have seen where they will even take true quartz and infuse genuine gold into it.  This is done in a laboratory and is not natural.  Others will take resin and simply mix it with gold leaf.  You will see a dramatic difference in price from natural Gold Quartz and these manmade replicas which have little or no real value.

My advice: buy only reputable brands such as Orocal or Kabana.  These two brands are well-known and use only the highest quality of Gold Quartz available today.  Here are some examples of extremely high craftsmanship, design, and quality Gold n Quartz by Kabana.  Kabana is famous for inlay Jewelry, this is how they set Gold n Quartz to enhance the natural beauty.  Check out this video

One of my personal favorites is the brand Kabana. This company’s founder and designer, Stavros, is a legend in the jewelry industry. His design work and technique are like no other. While Kabana jewelry is created with a multitude of various high-quality gems, it is the inlay-style and technique that set them apart from so many others.  Additionally, it’s some of the most well-made solid jewelry and has a smooth-to-the-touch feeling. It’s like wearing silk; it’s a special feeling when you are wearing it.

You will only find genuine Gold Quartz in places that sell fine jewelry.  It is not something you will find in the souvenir shops. Keep in mind, because it is rare and only set in 14k or 18k gold, these pieces will command the price of fine jewelry. You should feel the substantial weight of each piece; they are solid.  So don’t expect to find a nice pendant for $100 or $200.  For further information see this link

Again, the beauty of Gold Quartz is the contrast of the crisp snow-white of the quartz to the glistening gold veins running through it. Gold Quartz is guaranteed to be that piece you will wear and people will always stop and ask you about it.  Nothing feels like real gold and Gold Quartz will be something you will truly treasure forever.

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From Cruise Shop Save.  If you are missing Alaska as much as we are, you can check out this charity called www.Supportaport.com, select your favorite Alaskan port and donate.  All the proceeds will help those affected negatively about receiving no tourism for the summer of 2020.  Alternatively, you can go to Cruise Shop Save and shop for beautiful Gold Quartz jewelry that reminds you of Alaska, and we will donate 5% of all the proceeds to @Supportaport.

 

 

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