Rutile - classic US locale
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
3.2 x 2.3 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Early summer 2021
Super sharp, highly lustrous and doubly terminated crystal from Graves Mountain. The front and sides of this piece are in excellent condition, perfect with no dings or chipping. The backside is contacted and has some adhering matrix which is not seen on display. The dark color (black to ultra dark red) is set off by a very bright metallic luster. This locality still gives up some fine crystals to dedicated collectors but much less than in the golden years of the late 1800's. This form and habit are really unlike other Rutile from anyplace else on earth.
A big, blocky habit Rutile crystal on minimal matrix from the famed Graves Mountain locality in Georgia. Very sharp for this large size with mottled, yet still, lustrous faces and well-defined form. Most larger crystals tend to be more crude or have rounded edges, by comparison this is quite developed. The backside is partly embedded in the matrix and is contacted but the front, sides and termination are well-formed and in very good condition overall. Graves Mountain has a long and colorful history of providing Rutile crystals, it is a classic source. This is an older specimen with a quality not found often, what looks at first to be a black crystal is in strong light a red-brown color with some red highlights at some angles.
A superb vintage specimen. A jewel-like Rutile crystal (twinned) is set in a cluster of Kyanite blades that are coated with reddish Hematite and a bit of Goethite. This comes with an F. Pisani label, the famed Paris mineral dealer, vintage 1870's but possibly much older. The rutile is brilliantly lustrous and perfect on all sides. The remarkable Rutile of Graves Mountain was highly desired by European collectors of the late 1800's who had the means to purchase the very best specimens. It is hard to appreciate the brilliant luster of this Rutile in photos, this is far beyond any typical specimen from here.
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.