|The art of fashioning gold quartz into objects is unique to the western United States, primarily California. Gold quartz canes appeared at the time of the California Gold Rush.|
Most gold quartz canes were presentation pieces. Never mass produced, gold quartz canes were created as an expression of pride by individuals of status.
This California Gold Quartz cane presented by E. Watkins to his father, J.M. Watkins, in 1869 sold for $6,545 in 2011.