Dims: 0.6 x 0.2 x 0.2" (1.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm)
Wt: 9.3 g w/ specimen box
Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Three discernable Rutile crystals make up this small specimen. One of these crytals is broken and mostly incomplete, but the other two are in excellent condition. The larger of the two intact crystals measures measures about 0.6 x 0.2 x 0.1" (1.5 x 0.5 x 0.3 cm). Both have excellent though slightly warped tetragonal prismatic form, with well-defined edges and striated but clean faces that possess the standard adamantine luster. However, these crystals have a red-brown color that is so dark as to appear nearly black, though they show a small amount of translucence if viewed at certain angles under bright light. There is no host rock attached to the piece, which is hot-glued inside a plastic specimen box.