ex. Richard Hauck
Just a really , really beautiful polished section of rutilated quartz, with unusual clarity and purity of both the clear quartz and the golden rutile within. The rutile needles are unsuually fat as well,. Overall a striking lapidary piece!
ex. Richard Hauck
A brilliantly shimmering and rich rutilated quartz from a most unusual locality! Such pieces, so rich and colorful, are VERY rare for the Swiss alps. This crystal is complete and presents nicely from the display face, though rough on the back faces and broken on the bottom. Obviously, we can remove the strahler's ink labelling if desired...
ex. Richard Hauck
This is a stunning large rutilated quartz in unusually good condition, and with unuusally rich inclusions as well. If you hold it up to the light, or backlight it well, you can see not only a rich interior full of rutiles but a whole enclosed "rutile star" spray within, that would make for a very expensive lapidary piece if cut out and polished. These stars usually occur within more clear qurtz, but this one has a pleasing smoky hue that adds appeal. There is very minor edge wear to the rear of the termination and some damage on the small dsidecar crystal, but the main crystal is otherwise complete. This is an old specimen but even by today's standards , its vrey good in quality.
ex. Robert Whitmore
This is an approximately 3.5-cm-long elbow-twinned rutile from what, to me, must be the most amazing find for the species since Graves Mountain's heyday.These came out in the late 90s in one small batch, and seem to have gone the way of the dodo since. Haven't seen one this nice in awhile. In fact, I cannot recall seeing one so sharp, twinned, and so complete all around like this even when they briefly were available. This lustrous, super-sharp rutile crystal is dramatically perched on matrix of crystallized quartz, exposed on all sides! It is perfect all around except for a few very minor contacts in the back side. For my taste, and for what I recall of seeing in this find, I think it is a stellar miniature I would rank near the top
ex. Scott Kleine
This is an amazing crystal of lustrous, literally translucent and partly transparent, wine-red rutile. When seen in person, it becomes evident that this spear is terminated atop and crudely on the bottom as well, thus making it a true floater. Definitely one of the gemmiest, rutile specimens I have seen. The lustre is incredible and the piece , again, glows when backlit. One of the larger crystals I have seen from this location, as well
I received just before the show a parcel from Brazil with about 50 crystals from one single pocket, showing some of the best equant form I have ever seen in the species. These crystals are uniformaly fat and deep , not skinny as from past finds in Brazil. Many, such as this one, were included with golden rutile which adds welcome color flashes on the surface. Also, they have wonderful brown color and lustre, like a fine wood-grained table of high polish. Most xenotime is dull and earthy. Out of the whole lot, this was the finest and most robust crystal, and it is in good condition as well (complete all around). If you do themeasurements, and you know what you ar elooking at here, I think a shock will come! This is MAJOR , of an incredible quality for the species where crystals of this size are normally earthy and dull.
This specimen is a sharp doubly-terminated quartz literally loaded with BOTH brookite and rutile inclusions! I just couldn't believe it when i saw it - both in one piece, and so aesthetic as well?!
ex. Don Boydston
This rare specimen features an exquisitely twinned 3 cm rutile crystal perched atop contrastignmatrix and comes from the classic California locality. It would be considered, for the sharpness, twinning, and the aesthetics as well, to be one of the very best specimens from this remote mine. It comes from the Don Boydston Collection - Don himself was a noted California collector whose collection recently surfaced after disappearing for a number of decades.
This specimen is a doubly-terminated quartz that features stunning inclusions of brookite crystals to 2.5 cm, from which sprout acicular golden rutile crystals. The quartz is fairly well damaged on the bottom tip and rear-right edges, hence the price about 20% what it otherwise might be
WOW! THE PIC SAYS IT ALL! THIS CLEAR, doubly-terminated quartz encloses a 2.2 cm doubly-terminated brookite crystal that is floating in perfect alignment to the axis of the quartz, as if it grew around the brookite as a seed! Small acicular rutile crystals shoot off the brookite, as well. This small treasure , for rarity and novel aesthetics, is one of the best included quartzes of ANY type that I have ever seen. It has every quality you can ask for in a significant inclusion, including the fact that the brookite even on its own would be a major example of the species.
CLASSIC BUT RARE - this is a doubly twinned rutile crystal with exquisite form ! With deep red, glowing highlights, this rutile specimen exhibits a bright metallic luster.
ex. Richard Kosnar
This is a bizarre Pakistani specimen, quite different from any rutile I have seen before from this region. It is a very aesthetic piece with a crosshatched cluster of pipelike (for lack of a better word) rutile crystals that runs along the plate of albite and green sphenes, like irrigation pipes with a few outlets sticking up here and there. I believe this to be a fairly significant rutile for this famous alpine-type deposit, as it is large, interesting, and of display quality. Ex. Richard Kosnar collection (he specialized in minerals of the world's alpine type deposits).
A well-sized matrix specimen hosting at its peak a sharply twinned, very geometric, rutile crystal. The scarce locality, and a superb twinning, make this a very fine European rutile specimen. Matrix pieces are unusual, especially in display quality! Comes with two old labels, shown; and is from an old German collection I am slowly dispersing.
This is a stunning specimen of rutile included inside quartz...rather, in a giant elongated , floater quartz crystal! THE RUTILE NEEDLES ARE 7 INCHES LONG! I have never seen a piece like this, with such large rutiles, included precisely along the c-axis so that their whole length is enclosed. Usually the inclusions are not lined up on the long axis, and so the quartz cannot possibly hold the full terminations (even of small rutile crystals). Here, we have rutile complete from tip to tip, 7 inches later. The color of the rutile is red-orange, a RICH hue, not the usual yellow-orange or brown shades of rutile. So, it really stands out to the viewer. The contrast of symmetries and color, and of the acicular rutile inside to the sharp faces of the enclosing quartz, is more dramatic than one normally sees (usually there is just no alignment, no symmetrical relationship). I have seen literally thousands of rutile in quartz specimens and few transcend to this level of import and interest to me. I showed it to other sophisticated colelctors who normally would not register a "common oddity" such as this , and all were equally impressed. In fact , I elicited a few choice phrases from one normally conservative and polite collector. The piece is 735 grams, and complete all around except for a small growth contact on one terminal face. A remarkable, rare quartz specimen of the top calibre to my mind. Apparently an older specimen kept in teh stash of a Brazilian source, this turned up at the Tucson 2010 show.
This rutilated quartz is unusual in that the quartz itself has a tabular shape, like a flattened parallelogram almost, that we call "tabular." Tabular quartz is seen often from some locales, and is rare from others. From the rutilated quartz localities, I simply have not seen such a piece before. The rutile is rich and bright inside, and the piece has good color overall. The contrast of the spraying needles inside to the flat faces outside makes the specimen appealing, visually; but the knowledge of the rarity of the tabular , elongated quartz habit also adds a level of interest to me (and I would not care as much if it were bashed or incomplete - but this IS a terminated-all-around floater in good condition, too !).
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