DescriptionRUTILATED QUARTZ WITH EXCEPTIONAL 'STAR'
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
The lapidary use of Rutilated Quartz: rock crystal with hair-like inclusions of Rutile has been with us since Roman times. Anywhere this material has been found, skilled lapidaries have found ways to incorporate this fascinating stone into works of art. Normally, Rutilated Quartz features hair-like inclusions going in every direction in a hap-hazard fashion. In the case of this uncut single crystal, the golden Rutile 'hairs' are oriented into star-like aggregates by their overgrowth on hexagonal, black Hematite crystals. This combination is known only from Brazil and even then, is usually seen in polished fragments of Quartz crystals, not actual crystals as seen here. This specimen represents a rare opportunity to view the actual 'rough' material as seen by the lapidarist before he starts his transformative work. The natural crystal faces display exceptionally good luster for this material. 5 x 4 x 1 ¾ inches thick.
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