Dims: 2.3 x 1.8 x 0.9" (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.4 cm)
Wt: 2.1 oz. (59 g)
Graves Mountain, Georgia, U.S.A.
A single Rutile prism rests on the goethite/hematite base of this hand specimen. This crystal has visible dimensions of 0.5 x 0.3 x 0.3" (1.3 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm) and is in very good condition, showing very little damage. Its tetragonal prismatic form is excellent, and it almost appears to be twinned according to the Spinel-Law! Its edges are exceptionally well-defined and its faces are very clean, showing a bright, adamantine luster that is practically submetallic. Its dark gray color has subtle, brick-red highlights, and the crystal is, of course, opaque. A few hollows in the reddish base rock are lined with botryoidal goethite.