The beautiful water-clear quartz crystals (4.2 cm across the quartz group) on this piece enclose bright needles of golden rutile, and the most prominent rutile on this one is a rutile-hematite star, enclosed in the two main quartz crystals. The “star”, of rutile crystals epitactically oriented on a hexagonal crystal of hematite, has five of six crystal arms visible, and a small sixth is there as well, ending at the matrix. The quartz crystals are sharp and highly lustrous, and have a very pale smoky tinge.
In excellent condition. No damage to the three main crystals (a couple of tiny chips can be seen with magnification but you have to seach for them), – the smaller crystal at the back, right, top has a chipped termination, but it has top be oriented/lit a certain way to pick this up, and it is not a prominent crystal. I’m sure it goes without saying, but because rutilated quartz and is so often polished (and not labeled such), there has been no polishing – these crystals are naturally this bright and transparent.
Clearly visible enclosed stars that are this well developed are not at all common, and it is very hard to find them enclosed in top quality crystals that have not had any polishing. This is a gorgeous specimen.