By Marc Prinz
Now with the modern day gold rush happening and so many gold panning enthusiasts out there I get a lot of questions about what’s fool’s gold and what’s real gold. Fool’s gold is known as iron pyrite or mica by gold panning prospectors. Fool’s gold looks like real gold and sparkles like real gold. Many people get fool’s gold confused with real gold when they start gold panning. Here in Colorado it is very common for beginning gold panning prospectors to have found yellow gold paint chips in there gold pan from the street stripes and assumed it is gold. In this post I will try to help you determine if what you have in your gold pan is real gold and worth keeping or fool’s gold.
EXAMPLE OF MICA EXAMPLE OF IRON PYRITE
The first thing you want to do is look at the sample you have in the shade. Gold will not change color in light or shade and always has a nice yellow shine to it. If what you have is dull and does not have a yellow shine in the shade then you may have fools gold.
Gold does not flake and break apart like fools gold. However, gold will bend if it is thin enough, for example flat flake gold or wire gold.
Gold will not leave a powdery residue in your pan when rubbed up against it like fool’s gold will.
Gold also has rounded smooth edges from moving down rivers. Gold will be more cores the closer it is to its original deposit. Fool’s gold typically has very sharp defined looking edges.
Gold will also be at the bottom of your gold pan and not floating. Mica is very light compared to gold. Gold is very heavy and is about 17 times heavier than mica.
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What is your opinion? What have you seen in your area?