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SOLD Rutile var. Sagenite with Rutilated Quartz
stock #SOLD 18.1-646
Val Medel (Medel Valley)
Grisons, Switzerland
7.8 x 4.6 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Pre Tucson

A fine Alpine classic that is also an antique specimen and quite fine for the locality as well. Older labels are included and the specimen is in very good condition, the Rutile is in crossed clusters of thin crystals in the Sagenite habit. A few small red prisms are also present that are not part of the clusters. The matrix also holds many small Quartz crystals most of which contain lots of Rutile crystals as well. A small affixed label on the backside is the style and type we see in early 19th and later 18th century specimens. We do not know the history of this piece but it is clearly very old and likely dates back over 150 to 200 years. For the Medel Valley this is an unusually fine specimen with individual crystals to 1.3 CM. A great addition for an Alpine or Swiss suite.

Rutile - radiating twins on Hematite crystal
stock #23.1-362
Novo Horizonte
Bahia, Brazil
4.2 x 3 x .3 CM (miniature)
price: $240
Spring 23

Classic sixling type twin of Rutile crystals epitaxially growing from a Hematite crystal. In very fine condition, this radiating star habit is one of the wonders of the mineral world. These are delicate but not especially fragile, this can be shipped safely.

Rutile on Quartz - Very fine crystals
stock #22.FC-028
Mount Kaputjugh, Paragachai, Orubad District
Syunik Province, Azerbaijan
6.3 x 4 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $1850
Post Tucson 2022

Exceptional, perfect prismatic Rutile crystals with mirror bright luster on Quartz. From the small one time find more than 15 years ago on the Armenian/ Azerbaijan border. This find of Rutile produced some incredible specimens like this that are now considered to be among the very best of the specie. These are only rarely available from breakups of old collections. These crystals are absolutely perfect, being completely undamaged even under strong magnification. Better in person, unlike any other Rutile from anyplace else on the planet.

Rutile - classic US locale
stock #10.1-327
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
Georgia, United States
3.2 x 2.3 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $230
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.

Rutile - classic USA, large crystal
stock #AX-19-039
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
Georgia, United States
6.5 x 5.4 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1100
Early summer 2021

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.

Rutile on Hematite
stock #20.1-177
Novo Horizonte
Bahia, Brazil
3.6 x 3.4 x .2 CM (miniature)
price: $120
Spring 2020

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
stock #13.1-175
Novo Horizonte
Bahia, Brazil
3.8 x 2.4 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $190

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.

HOLD Rutile on Hematite -epitaxial twins
stock #HOLD 19.1-822
Novo Horizonte
Bahia, Brazil
3.3 x 2.7 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
price: $290

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.