Rutilated quartz contains inclusions of the mineral rutile. The red to golden, thin, elongated rutile needles may form in parallel clusters, at specific angles, or in a random distribution throughout the quartz. Stones where the rutile grows in six directions radiating out from a center point, creating a star-like pattern, are sought after by collectors. Rutile is usually seen in rock crystal and smoky quartz, but it can be found in other types of quartzes.
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Rutilated Quartz Colors
Countries of Origin
Argentina; Russian Federation; Pakistan; Unknown; Sri Lanka; United States of America; Brazil; Madagascar; India
Sometimes you want the unusual... the distinctive... the unique. Rutilated quartz is all that and more. Although most stones are prized for their clarity, some are prized for their lack of it. Enter rutilated quartz. This stone has thin, elongated, red-to-golden rutile (needle-like inclusions). They may run parallel to one another or be randomly distributed within a stone; some even run in six directions to create a star. Rutilated quartz is waiting to become a star in your jewelry wardrobe. Don't make it wait.
Like its sister stones, amethyst and ametrine, this quartz is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. That makes it a very wearable stone. Wash in warm water; avoid harsh chemicals,