The crystal was reportedly found in a river in Venezuela and is worth an estimated USD 1.5 million.

The lump of gold was brought to Los Alamos National Laboratory to confirm whether it was a single crystal of gold or a more common multiple-crystal structure. According to sources, the lab used a neutron scanner to effectively look inside the 217.78-gram piece of gold.

According to sources, the owner of the crystal had given three of the four samples to assess the crystallinity of the specimens. All the specimens turned out to be single-crystal pieces of gold rather than the commonplace multiple-crystal type.

Of particular interest was this golf-ball-shaped nugget that at one time was believed to be the world’s largest trapezohedral gold crystal.

In 2006, the crystal was reportedly rejected at an auction over questions of authenticity, and indeed, the Los Alamos instruments confirmed that it was not a world-record trapezohedral crystal.


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