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Cody Stone

Direct from the Santa Catalina Mountains

This is the only Codystone inventory of jewelry-grade silver and gold from the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. These specimens have been exclusively mined and fabricated by Flint Carter, who has mined the Catalinas for more than four decades. For more information email [email protected] or call 520-289-4566.

Cody Stone Flint Cody Stone Jewelry grade silver and gold Carter

This collection of jewelry grade silver and gold includes 11 pieces of jewelry, 4 cabochons and two examples of comparison pricing. The stone in box was on loan to University of Arizona and is featured in a time line poster of Buffalo Bill Cody.

This jewelry grade stone is graded 38 out of 40 as one of the finest 100% natural silver and gold specimens in the world! 65.45 carats are valued at $1,625.00. The smalles tjewelry grade stone in the round container was purchased in 1995 for $50.00 from Bancroft, Ontario.

Cody Stone Cody Stone Jewelry grade silver and gold Flint Carter

Photo of 6 cabs from left to right $50 - $155 - $330 - $500 - $1,200 -  $1,625 in box - two stones in containers are not for sale but are used for comparison values.

Cody Stone Jewelry grade silver and gold

These are four large specimens are from excellent silver viens with the larger stones more valuable!

  • 5" x 2": $2,200
  • 5" x 4": $3,575

The two biggest polished slabs are valued at $7,000 each and only numbered certificates are certified as Codystone. Only 473 pieces exist to date.

Disclaimer: all stones are 100% natural containing small amounts of gold and silver– a secondary enrichment many metals have been re-crystalized and mixed. No gurantee is claimed but graded by appearance. This is a true part of history owned by Buffalo Bill Cody – extremely rare specimens of jewelry-grade silver and gold from the Arizona mountains.

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Cody Stone- Jewelry Grade Gold and Silver in Quartz

By William "Flint" Carter

Many exotic stones will come and go, but the precious noble metals in their native quartz embody the natural origin of the two oldest commodities since the dawn of civilization: gold and silver. 

The beautiful yellow metal matrix in hard white quartz is the mark of Cody Stone, a special formation of silver and gold embedded in natural quartz. Similar to diamonds, the hard quartz provides a strong and timeless durability, protecting the soft, precious, noble metals.

First popularized by Tiffany in the 1800's, this little-known, extremely valuable commodity of precious noble metals in the natural state could be the Gold Rush of the New Millennium!

Due to thousands of years of mankind's efforts to extract pure gold from the rock by grinding the rock and destroying it, very little remains. Visible gold and silver in quartz is fetching 20 to 100 times the price of pure bullion, and is ever increasing in value.

Hygraders pay huge lease fees to major corporations for specimen collecting on a small scale, but with massive mining procedures the majority of the material is destroyed, as it was in past centuries.

A few small sources offer a variety of colors and types, but with no major amounts available. Usually collectors quickly acquire anything that hits the market. Only two major commercial sources exist today: the 16-to-1 Mine in Califomia and the Gimpie Mine in Australia. Another source for this stone is Tucson, Arizona where it had been mined during past decades and made into fashionable jewelry.

The Cody Stone of the Santa Catalina Mountains

The most popular specimen of the Cody Stone is the beautiful yellow metal matrix in hard white quartz. This unique stone is found in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona.

Similar to diamonds, the hard quartz provides a strong and timeless durability, protecting the soft, precious, noble metals. Read about Oracle, Arizona and the Old West's Largest Gold Legend.

Recent reports by reputable sources state that with increasing demand and availability, prices are becoming almost prohibitive for the average consumer.

Market price fetches $5 per carat ($11,350 per pound), better than twice the price of pure gold bullion.

In Arizona, this stone has been mined, fabricated, and sold exclusively by William "Flint" Carter. Only 500 pieces of this type of jewelry have been produced and 350 have been placed. A Certificate of Authenticity for each Cody Stone was provided with every piece of Cody Stone and kept in permanent company records. With Carter's passing, his collection has been donated to Southwest Alternatives Institute, Inc.

Samples of Gold and Silver in Quartz

CodyStone cabs polished and unpolished. These samples show the detail of gold and silver embedded in the stone.


Cody Stone mined by Flint Carter in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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Photo: Flint Carter standing by the Campo Bonito mining mess hall near Buffalo Bill Cody's residence during the mining days of the early 1900s. Photo by Bob Zucker, c. 2015.

William Thomas Carter, "Flint" to his friends, was an artist, jeweler and author born in 1947 in Danville, Illinois. In the early 1980s, he moved to Tucson, Arizona and converted an old house into solar use. He also attempted to establish a museum to preserve local history.

Flint mined and designed jewelry-grade gold and silver in quartz that he marketed as Cody Stone. Specimens and hand made items were on display at the Oracle Inn Steakhouse & Saloon in Oracle, Arizona prior to its closure in summer 2020. Flint was an organizer for the annual Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle, held since 2016 and through 2020.

Flint Carter passed away in December 2018. With his death, the recovery, fabrication and marketing of Cody Stone had ended. Read more about Flint Carter.

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