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The Fricot Stone yosemite trip oct 07 037

Originally uploaded by Kiki Karia.

“There’s gold in the hills of California!” These words resonated around the world in 1848 and started a massive migration to the wilderness of interior California. Gold seekers trekked from every part of the world and every walk of life to sift the streams for gold. Mining companies brought machines to the mountains and turned camps into boomtowns as they blasted and dug deep into the earth to follow the gold-bearing veins.
There is still gold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, in historic Mariposa. And we were privileged to view these precious stones and minerals on our recent trip there. This is where explorers John C. Fremont and Kit Carson found the rich Mariposa Vein and opened the first mill to crush ore and extract gold in California. The collection, which began in 1880, contains over 13,000 objects including mining artifacts, rare specimens of crystalline gold in its many forms, as well as beautiful gem and mineral specimens from California and around the world. The collection was moved to Mariposa in 1983 after residing in San Francisco, for over 100 years. The museum became a state park in 1999.
The highlight of the museum was the Fricot “Nugget”, a rare and beautiful specimen of crystallized gold discovered in the American River in 1864. This spectacular 13.8-pound. specimen is the largest remaining intact mass of crystalline gold from 19th century California, when these finds were more common but usually were simply melted down. We also took a trip back in time as we walked through the museum’s mine tunnel which displayed how gold was mined in the mid-1800s.
As I gazed upon the many beautiful stones and gems, I thought about that scripture in Malachi 3:17 where the Lord says, “And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts in that day when I make up my jewels….” Another one that came to mind is found in Isaiah 54:11, “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.”
These precious stones go through a period of development and forming deep within the earth, where they experience intense pressure, heat and friction. And yet look at their beauty that is produced. We are like that to God. He looks at each of us as his precious treasures. Sometimes we have to be refined and go through the fires of tribulation to burn off the impurities and become the beautiful gems that can shine and give Him glory.
Yes, touring this museum was a vivid reminder to me of how my God cares for me and is making me into a vessel of honor for His glory.

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Azurite and Malachite Stone

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Aquamarine

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Amethyst Quartz 

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