Genuine AAAA Rutilated Smoky Quartz Sphere
While most varieties of transparent are valued most when they lack inclusions, some varieties are valued chiefly because of inclusions! The most popular of these is known as rutilated. Rutilated is transparent rock crystal with golden needles of rutile arrayed in patterns inside. Every pattern is different and some are breathtakingly beautiful. The inclusions are sometimes called Venus hair. Less well known is a variety called tourmalinated which, instead of golden rutile, has black or dark green.
Rutilated is found in Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the United States.
Rutile is a major ore of titanium, which is a metal used for high tech alloys. It often forms needle-like crystal inclusions inside. This form of is known as rutilated and it looks like small bars of imbedded gold. Rutile is a 6 on the Mohs scale.
Because of the difference in hardness between the two materials and because of the way rutile forms inside, this can be a difficult stone to attain a smooth surface without pits.
Rutilated has been referred to as Cupid's darts, Venus hair stone and Fleches d'amour.
The name comes from the Saxon word querklufterz which meant cross vein ore. The name rutile comes from the Latin word rutilus meaning red.
Rutile is said to intensify the metaphysical properties of its host crystal and to enhance one's understanding of difficult situations. It is also said to enhance creativity and to relieve depression and loneliness.
Rutilated is said to slow down the aging process and is said to be a strong healer.
Rutilated energizes, rejuvenates, and balances the system. It raises your vibrations, increases clairvoyance, and strengthens thought projections. This gemstone helps the body in the assimilation of nutrients, helps the immune system function more effectively, slows diseases of aging, and prevents depression.
The crossing of the rutiles in this type of represents the accord of tissue regeneration within the physical body. This mineral also stimulates the electrical properties of the body.
A very common, coarse-grained variety of the silica mineral that ranges in colour from nearly black through smoky brown. No distinct boundary exists between smoky and colourless. Its abundance causes it to be worth considerably less than either or. Heating bleaches the
stone, the colour sometimes passing through yellow; these yellow pieces are often sold as. Crystals of the mineral frequently contain inclusions of gas (carbon dioxide), liquid (often both water and liquid carbon dioxide), or solids (rutile). Smoky from Mount Cairngorm, Scotland, is known as cairngorm and is a favourite ornamental stone in Scotland, where it is worn in brooches with Highland costume. Its properties are those of other stones. Today, the vast majority of smoky is mined in Brazil, but it is found in most of the major gem producing nations.
Smoky is quite often sold in the trade as smoky. 99% of the time a gem offered as smoky is actually this variety of. Since is a separate mineral, this type of name can be confusing and should be clearly disclosed as to which gem is actually being presented, since also occurs in a brown color.