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