3.7" Rutile Crystals With Quartz - Graves Mountain, Georgia

This specimen contains beautiful, deep red-black rutile crystals with metallic-like luster, on a rutile-pyrophyllite matrix with quartz. Some of the rutile crystals have slight scuffing as many rutile specimens from this locality, are know to have. The matrix has been cut flat for aesthetic presentation.

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.
Rutile & Quartz
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia
3.7" long, 2.1" wide. Largest crystal is 1.1" long