Rutile on Pyrophyllite
Champion Mine, White Mountains, Laws, Mono County, California, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 4.0 x 2.8 cm
Ex. Bob Bartsch

A sharply crystallized, very lustrous, black rutile crystal, 2 cm in length, is aesthetically emplaced on a dark tan matrix. The crystal is nearly pristine, save for a small color splotch atop where you can see a little bit of the matrix is ingrown into the crystal surface. The crystal is so incredibly mirror-bright, that you can actually see REFLECTIONS in the first photo, of the surrounding pyrophyllite crystals upon the face of the rutile facing the light! Crystals of this size and sharpness, with luster, are extremely rare for this very remote California locale. Old classic! ex Bob Bartsch collection.