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  1. #31
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    Probably more gold in Massachusetts that people realize. Not all glacial either. Most everywhere I have read is that Rhode Island does not have gold. My great grandmother's sister married a man who had a farm in Foster, RI, near where Massachusetts, Connecticut, and RI meet. There was a vein of gold with silver in an outcropping on the farm. In the the late 1800's it only yielded a few hundred dollars at $20.67 per fine troy ounce, but it was worth blasting and processing. No doubt there is more gold in southern New England. The Laurentide Ice Sheet which receeded about 12,000 years ago no doubt broke away much gold at the higher levels of the bedrock but there is certainly still gold deep down that is accidentally hit by drilling artesian wells. Keep looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dconcb View Post
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    Iíll save it for another time! I found a pile of old stuff where I dump the filter behind my bushes! If by chance it is flour gold, itís not easy to separate. I tried the tapping the pan on your palm for quite a while with no luck.
    It isn't easy at first. If that is gold that is mixed in with the black sands, take a magnate to it. That should reduce some, some wont be magnetic. Pan only a teaspoon at a time. Watch Doc at the Gold Hog web site about panning. There's several ways to get it separated mechanically. However, once you can do it by panning, you will understand how heavy gold is compared to material the same size and just how you need to work the pan. There's a tapping technique that really helps. At some point I usually use my fingers to move the gold away from the bits of black sand then use a plastic eye dropper to pick it up and put it in a pan to dry. Will you be going somewhere like a jeweler that can confirm it's gold? Know any prospector friends? Any prospector clubs in the area? Also, don't tell them what you told us about the pile in the back yard! News of Gold, no matter how insignificant can cause you problems!
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  3. #33
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    that is pretty neat if it is gold. I have never heard of such a thing, but you cant beat that with a stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahoegold View Post
    It isn't easy at first. If that is gold that is mixed in with the black sands, take a magnate to it. That should reduce some, some wont be magnetic. Pan only a teaspoon at a time. Watch Doc at the Gold Hog web site about panning. There's several ways to get it separated mechanically. However, once you can do it by panning, you will understand how heavy gold is compared to material the same size and just how you need to work the pan. There's a tapping technique that really helps. At some point I usually use my fingers to move the gold away from the bits of black sand then use a plastic eye dropper to pick it up and put it in a pan to dry. Will you be going somewhere like a jeweler that can confirm it's gold? Know any prospector friends? Any prospector clubs in the area? Also, don't tell them what you told us about the pile in the back yard! News of Gold, no matter how insignificant can cause you problems!
    I’ve watched docs videos and try my best to duplicate the techniques, what makes me think it is gold is the color, and the fact that it moves slower than most other material in my pan. But there is this fine whit ish silty stuff that almost acts like...maybe, wet paint. Thick and doesn’t move hardly at all.
    The “could be” gold is lighter than this white silty stuff. That makes me doubt it’s gold. I’ll try to screen the material again.
    The white stuff went straight through a 120 micron bag. Maybe I’ll use a 73 micron and see if I can seperate it better.
    But I’m not sure it’s worth the effort just yet!
    I’m definitely going to save it for when I have more time to mess with it.
    I appreciate all the help and support.
    Great forum you folks have here

  5. #35

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    a pocket microscope might help, you can pick up a 30 power for 10 bucks or so, makes those specks look like nuggets.
    good luck.
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    Last edited by Gold Maven; Mar 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM.
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    It's all small stuff.

  6. #36
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    The silty white stuff is probably something you may want to keep separately. One place I go, the gray stuff with the gold is a compressed form of zircon.

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    So who here is good with separating “micron” gold?? Maybe I cold send someone a bag and find out if this is worth getting into??
    If it is gold, it’s tiny. Really tiny.
    Lmk
    Thanks

  8. #38
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    To quote you "If it is gold, it’s tiny. Really tiny." Now a suggestion.......This is not necessarily a recovery method but it is a way that you can do some testing on your own (other than panning as has been suggested) to see if you have some gold in the material that you have collected. Access to a loupe or a strong magnifying glass would be helpful. Lightly smear the bottom or just a small section of a shallow container of some type with shortening then add water and sprinkle a small amount of the trap material. Gently swirl the mixture a little while then drain and lightly rinse. Virtually all of what you have added will rinse out but if there was gold in the mixture then some of it will stick to the shortening glaze and you should be able to see it especially under magnification.* For identification, remember that gold does not lose it's color in shaded light. Every thing else that is stuck to the grease, there probably will be a few specks, will darken or stay dark.

    *FYI, Gold is oleophilic which means it will stick to grease or oils. You may be able to just eyeball it if there is gold and it is large enough.
    Last edited by arizau; Apr 12, 2019 at 04:47 PM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    I’ll give that a shot when time allows. Will butter work? I’d imagine so, but not sure.

  10. #40
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    Only problem with grease is that many times the gold won't stick due to surface tension of the surrounding water. Once the gold gets to -200 it will barely stick if at all. It did catch 80% of what my miller table rejected, so it does work better than a miller table, but it ain't perfect!

    Been there, done that.

    Fish oil and burlap catching #400.

  11. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dconcb View Post
    I’ll give that a shot when time allows. Will butter work? I’d imagine so, but not sure.
    Probably but you would lose the color contrast. Try petroleum jelly/vaseline.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    Thanks again for the tips. I’m going to save it for a rainy day project.
    I’m learning a lot here without even trying! I love it
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  13. #43
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    Have you tried dumping it thru a 100 mesh classifier and then panning?

    If you can see it, you can pan it!
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  14. #44
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dconcb View Post
    Really?
    Maybe...
    Iíve lived here for 20 years. My damn well filter always plugging up with sediment.
    Always looks like gold specs in it. Ever thought much about it.
    But a recent purchase of a property with a nice stream got me thinking, there HAS
    To be gold in that stream. Small water falls, big boulders ect.
    So I found and joined this site. Iíll be buying a pan kit and soon Enough a sluice box to play with in the river.
    Then I realize I need to change my well filter again.
    Itís black sand. Littered with gold specks. As always.
    Whatís the best way to separate this POSSIBLE flour gold?
    If it is gold, Ive got a constant supply of black sand concentrations. Maybe a quart a month from my almost 400í deep well.
    Dammitt! Iíve e got the fever!!
    I knew an old man in Grass Valley, CA who when he drilled his well, the auger was packed with solid gold! Turns out he was right above an ancient channel!He's long gone now, but his sons took over the property. I wonder, how would you get the gold out now?
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  15. #45

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    I’d love to find out if it even is gold!
    It’s sooo small.
    I’m not going to have time to mess with it until winter I’d say.
    A new property will have all of my free time taken. It’s a good thing, but I’ve never been so busy!
    Offer still stands if someone thinks they can really seperate this stuff. I’ll send it to you just so I’ll know.
    Serious experienced interest only please !

 

 
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