Rutile on Hematite
3.6 x 3.4 x .2 CM (miniature)
Epitaxial arrangement of Rutile needles in the six ray form that is famous from this locality in Bahia, Brazil. A choice small example of metallic silver-black Hematite crystals with typical very flat habit hosting radiating needles of Rutile. Close exam of the Hematite faces shows complex striations and some embedded Rutile.
Rutilated Quartz and Hematite
3.8 x 2.4 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cute toenail sized rutilated Quartz that sits on bladed Hematite crystals that are also Rutilated. The Rutile hairs are bright golden color and very sharp, clearly seen both inside and out of the Quartz. Rutile on Hematite and Rutile inside Quartz are both often available, but it is quite uncommon to see both together like this.
A complete six ray star of golden Rutile needles radiating from a flat bright Hematite crtystal. Two small additional Hematites with Rutile are also present.Fine Brazilian Rutile twins on Hematite crystals are one of the mineral kingdoms wonders. This can be displayed from either side though the view shown is my preference. A choice textbook example of this wonderful crystal habit.
Fine Brazilian Rutile twins on Hematite crystals are one of the mineral kingdoms wonders. This specimen shows well the mirror bright Hematite crystal with a flat habit hosting radiating golden Rutile needles. In fine condition as seen, the specimen can be viewed from either side and shows textbook quality the star radiating form with epitaxial alignment. Choice.
A sharp and distinct pair of Rutile crystals are penetration twinned on matrix. An older Graves Mt. specimen, the red color and satin luster are very fine for the locale. Textbook forms and a nice display specimen, the front side seen on display is perfectly damage free but the underside and one edge (out of sight) have contacts. Choice.
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
4.3 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
This is the termination section of a complex Rutile crystal that shows twinning. From the famed Graves Mountain locale, which is among the few localities worldwide that produced such large, blocky habit Rutile. Textbook form, undamaged and quite sharp for one of these, the color is a very dark red brown. No damage on any of the display sides, cleaved on the base (bottom) only.
Big and lustrous with red highlights this is translucent to transparent on edges with a brilliant red when backlit. Crude but complete termination on both ends makes this an extra nice example. Better in person this is well above average, and not being found now.
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
5.3 x 4.2 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
An American classic- Graves Mt Rutile, with a sharp, very lustrous crystal nicely exposed on matrix. No damage, but with the typical matrix contacts these all have. Some faces reflect ruby red highlights although overall this looks deep black. Better in person, a nice small cabinet sized piece that display very well.