GOLD NUGGET JEWELLERY – We make jewellery from genuine Lapland gold nuggets. The Lappish gold used to make Taigakoru jewellery is used just as it was found in nature. No two pieces of jewellery are the same. The gold diggers that supply Taigakoru with gold nuggets adhere to strict requirements set for the protection of the environment.
GOLD PANNING AND GOLD NUGGETS FROM LAPLAND
Gold panning has been popular in Lapland since the nineteenth century. Nowadays Lapland attracts hundreds of gold diggers in the summertime, some of them even making a living from this tough work. The traditional tools of the gold digger are a spade, pickaxe and handspike, but more effective digging uses a number of other appliances. The soil is dug up and poured into the sluice with running water so that the heavier gold remains on the bottom of the sluice with the lighter soil being washed away. The final separation of the gold is always done by washing using a gold pan. Lapland’s goldfields are mainly located in the areas of the Lemmenjoki and Ivalojoki rivers. The best places to find gold are usually in rivers and streams, where the gold being heavier than other material is deposited to the bed of the river or stream. The biggest known nugget to be found in Lapland weighed 392.9 grams. This large gold nugget was found by Eevert Kiviniemi in the Luttojoki River in 1935. Gold commonly occurs as finely grained gold dust – as so-called “spiritless” specks with gold purity even over 95%. In nature, gold is combined with other metals such as silver, platinum, copper and iron. Gold diggers have given names to the nuggets that depict size: flake, picker, medium and large nuggets. Each gold nugget is uniquely formed by nature, no two nuggets are the same. Gold is also industrially excavated in Lapland. Europe’s biggest gold mine is located in Kittilä. Gold enriched from gold ore is cannot be directly used for making jewellery, as it is sent to metal refineries for further refinement.
USING GOLD NUGGET JEWELLERY
Fine gold is very soft yet durable. In order to make the gold more durable to use as jewellery, the gold is alloyed by mixing it with copper and silver to produce the normally used 585 ‰ (14 carat) or 750 ‰ (18 carat) gold. The ratio of silver and copper determines the shade of the gold. The soft nugget gold becomes shiny with use. However, gold is very durable, so none is actually lost, it merely fills the small holes on the surface. The natural surface of a nugget cannot be restored to its original state after years of use. The best way to clean a nugget is to wash it in warm washing up liquid with a soft toothbrush. Goldsmiths and well-furbished jewellers use professional cleaning equipment and chemicals to remove the impurities that lodge in the tiny cavities and pores of the nugget, thus intensifying its beautiful natural colour. The Lappish gold used to make Taigakoru jewellery is used just as it was found in nature. No two pieces of jewellery are the same. The gold diggers that supply Taigakoru with gold nuggets adhere to strict requirements set for the protection of the environment.