SM20-413
Rutilated Quartz
$7,000.00
Cabinet, 12.9 x 7.1 5.1 cm
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Ex. Hubert de Monmonier

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Silver-colored rutile enclosed within Quartz is much more uncommon than the golden variety, and this is one of the best and most unique terminated crystals of Brazilian Rutilated Quartz that I have ever seen for sale for that style. This is an old piece, probably from the 1970s or before. It originates from the Hubert Charles de Monmonier collection - a long hidden secret trove of good minerals that was donated to University of Arizona upon his passing, over a decade ago. The expertly polished faces reveal the prolific amount of Rutile needles within the big Quartz crystal that have a preferred orientation and radiate from a central, bifurcating spire at almost a perfect 45 degree angle. Literally hundreds of these silvery Rutile needles grace the interior of this magnificent piece and reflect incident light from every direction! The interior resembles the aluminum artificial Christmas trees of the 1950s! The superb polishing reveals the dramatic interior like a window, showing off the glistening, directionally preferred Rutiles. This stunning piece comes with a with a custom engraved acrylic base. 860 grams (about 2 pounds)

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