Rutile Crystals on Matrix - Graves Mountain, Georgia

This specimen contains a nearly perfect, deep red-black rutile crystal with a metallic-like luster, on a rutile-pyrophyllite matrix. Some smaller rutile crystals can be found throughout the matrix, as well as quartz. There are very few scuff marks on the center crystal.

Rutile is an oxide mineral that is composed primarily of TiO2, although iron is a typical chemical variation. It comes in a wide variety of crystal forms, from lustrous metallic-like crystals, thin straw-like crystals, to even deep red crystals with slight translucence. Rutile has also been known to form needle-like inclusion with other minerals, commonly forming with quartz. Rarer polymorphs of rutile (TiO2) include anatase and brookite, both of which have unique crystal structures.
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SPECIES
Rutile
LOCATION
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia
SIZE
3.3" long, 1.9" wide. Largest crystal is .6" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#47834