Is it a goldfish or what?

Crystallized GoldThis photo looks a little bit like a dead goldfish, but it’s actually an interesting piece of solid 24k gold. The bars you see are actually gold crystals. Because the crystals are in tact, this 4.8 ounce piece of gold is actually worth over $100,000.

This piece is part of our National Gem & Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

Author: Michelle M. Rahm is a GIA-trained Graduate Gemologist and is President of Colorado’s Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. She has been selling gemstones and jewelry online since 1997. Visit her websites and

About mrahm

Michelle holds a Graduate Gemologist Diploma, Graduate Diamonds Diploma and Graduate Colored Stones Diploma through the Gemological Institute of America's distance education program. Michelle currently serves as President of the Mile High GIA Alumni Association. She also serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Jeweler's Association and is a member of the American Gem Trade Association.
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