Rutile, Quartz
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.01.2022 | Filed under:

Rutile, Quartz

Specimen # 201127
Mineral: Rutile, Quartz
Location: Khaplu, Ghanche Distict, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Size: 5.7 x 4.3 x 1.4 cm


A superb specimen of quartz and rutile from the John S. White quartz collection. These parallel quartz crystals are as lustrous as quartz gets – they look wet. The growth of the quartz crystals was limited by the complex lattice of rutile crystals, such that the quartz crystals seem sliced in half along their length, and then small quartz crystals grew with the lattice (visible on the back of the specimen). The rutile crystals are not only in two dimensions in the plane of the lattice – there are also rutile crystals rising from the lattice, into the quartz crystal. Of course this specimen is great to explore with a little magnification. In excellent condition, a tiny chip at the tip (without magnification, it’s hard to make out, in part due to the rutile). This is a striking display piece that just glows in the right light – the gorgeous intense dark golden colour and the glow of the rutile crystals from within the quartz really set it apart.

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