Rutile (Reticulated, Floater Cluster)
Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.5 cm
Ex. Martin Lewadny
An absolutely exquisite floater cluster of gemmy, reddish Rutiles, with superb luster and beautiful striated crystals! It is sharply twinned and reticulated and looks like a red cerussite. The largest crystals range up to about 6-7 mm, and the overall effect of the interlockin gmesh is mesmerizing. Delicate and desirable, I have not seen an aesthetic cluster quite like this, amidst hundreds of more fragile, slender, brittle rutiles from the same locale. This one is more robust and brilliant, and to me stands out. When backlit, it glows a deep red.