Lustrous Rutile Crystal on Matrix - Georgia

This specimen contains a beautiful, deep red-black rutile crystal with a mirror-like luster, on a rutile-pyrophyllite matrix. The large rutile crystal looks to have a stress fracture near what could be considered the bottom of the crystal, and light scuffing here and there around the faces. However, the termination on this crystal is phenomenal, along with the mirror effect of the smooth faces. This specimen comes with an acrylic display stand.

Rutile is an oxide mineral composed primarily of TiO2, though iron is a typical chemical variation. It comes in a wide variety of crystal forms, from lustrous metallic-looking crystals and thin straw-like crystals to even deep red crystals with slight translucence. Rutile also forms needle-like inclusion with other minerals, most commonly with quartz. Rarer polymorphs of rutile (TiO2) include anatase and brookite, both of which have unique crystal structures.
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia
2.8" long, 1.5" wide. Largest crystal is 1.6" wide