Rutilated Quartz
Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 7.8 x 6.0 cm
Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ex. Dr. Peter Bancroft

This large, colorless and transparent, quartz crystal has been richly included by sprays of golden rutile needles. The rutile needles are aesthetically arranged across the broad front face of the quartz. The only glitch is minor damage at the apex of the termination, but even that does not affect the pleasure of viewing the rutile inclusions and given the size of the piece and the very small nature of that ding, its acceptable to me. What is unusual about this specimen is that, at least in what we see from current mining in the area, the rutile is included in SMOKY quartzes and so the contrast is often minimized compared to the brilliantly colorful contrast we see here, in clear quartz.