Nugget, Picker, Flake and Flour Gold - What size are they?
One of the things we get asked more than anything is what do we define a nugget as? and for that matter a picker, flake and flour gold too. So here we are going to set out what we at Arun Gold define them as:
What is a Nugget?
Here at Arun Gold we define a nugget as a piece of placer gold that is at least 5mm in width, and can easily be picked up with your fingers.
What is a Picker?
A picker to us is a piece of placer gold that can be picked up with a little bit of effort with your fingers but more easily with some tweezers. As you can see in the first picture in this article (third from left) these are less than 5mm in size, but more than 3mm.
What is a Flake?
A Flake is similar to a Picker, but a bit smaller and often flatter too. You wont be able to pick it up with your fingers, and may need to push a wet finger on it and hope that friction allows you to pick it up...but be careful not to loose it! We classify them as 1 to 3 mm in size, as you can see on the 2nd from left in the first picture in this article.
What is Flour Gold?
This to Arun Gold is any piece of placer gold which is under 1mm... as you can see the first from left piece in the first picture and below: