Dims: 1.2 x 0.9 x 0.3" (3.0 x 2.3 x 0.9 cm)
Wt: 0.4 oz. (10 g)
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
This flat thumbnail piece consists of several "sheaves" of Rutile blades that extend geometrically along a flat plane from a crystalline hematite base. These sheaves do not exceed 0.5" (1.2 cm) in length and appear to be in good condition, though scores of tiny Rutile shards lie on and around it in its packaging. All show the classic golden color and semimetallic luster of specimens from this locality, and all are completely opaque. Their tetragonal form is quite warped due to their compact nature and the conditions under which they grew, but they show the standard habit of radiating at 60-degree intervals along a single plane from a single point, creating a partial "Rutile Star". The hematite base shows surprisingly good hexagonal tabular form where its edges are exposed, and has the standard gray color and dull metallic luster.