Awaruite, Rare Native Nickel Ore, Small Placer Nugget

Awaruite is rare natural form of nickel in a metallic nugget form. It only occurs in a very few places in the world. It is named after the only known occurrence of the time in Awarua Bay, New Zealand in 1885. They are also rarely found in some alluvial and river placer deposits in Josephine County Oregon. I acquired a small lot of placer nuggets and smaller pieces from a local prospector in Oregon and he is no longer recovering them.

Arawuite from this locality is also called Josephinite. It is composed in a similar fashion to iron meteorites. It has high concentrations of nickel with iron and is associated with gold, copper, schreibersite, kamacite, pentlandite, and graphite. It is highly magnetic and has a silvery luster. It is dense and heavy for it's size. Pound for pound, awaruite nuggets are more rare than iron meteorites.

Arawuite is also one of the only known metals that will show a Widmansttaten-like pattern when etched with acid.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing ONE (1) small place nugget selected from the larger lot shown. You will get the largest one remaining in the lot. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.


  • 16 available
$8.00