Hematite, Rutile
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
Cabinet, 9.7 x 6.1 x 4.6 cm
The specimens you have seen from this find generally have a small hematite plate with acicular crystals of rutile extending out from it. This is a HUGE specimen for this Brazilian association of platy hematite and rutile, with really BIG hematite crystals being the star rather than the rutile. One of these tabular hematites is 5.5 cm across! To me, the traditional combos are pretty and fine to look at, but pieces like this have more real significance as specimens for the important mineral here. Note that the piece has been gently stabilized with glue, as the large and heavy hematites are held together by the rutile a little gently at the top.