Dims: 1.0" x 0.9" x 0.3" (2.5 x 2.3 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 9.4 g w/ base
Ibitiara, Bahia, Brazil
Dozens of thin, golden Rutile needles radiate along one plane from the hematite base of this specimen. The crystals are arranged parallel to each other into two groups; these groups grow away from each other at a 60-degree angle. The crystals do not exceed 0.7" (1.8 cm) in length or 0.1" (0.3 cm) in either of the other dimensions, and appear to be in generally excellent condition, as one can see a pearly luster reflected off of their intact termination faces. There are a few which are damaged and incomplete, however. The crystals have a golden coloration and a submetallic luster, and are opaque. The hematite that makes up the base of the specimen is in excellent condition and shows a definite hexagonal crystal form. It has the dark gray coloration and metallic luster that is common for this mineral and shows little human-induced damage. The specimen is affixed to a small acrylic base with what appears to be a silica glue. It is a small but very attractive specimen, and is in better condition than most that I have seen.