Rutile, Hematite
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm
Cavradi gorge, Curnera Valley, Tujetsch (Tavetsch), Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun (Grisons; Graubunden), Switzerland

These are Swiss classics utterly recognizable and distinct from anything else: gemmy, brilliant red rutile crystals grown epitaxially (oriented) on the surface of lustrous, metallic hematite blades. Ex. Bill Pinch Collection.