Monday, January 16, 2017

Rutiliated Quartz

Another name for this mineral is "Venus hair stone".  You can see why - the hair-like rutile crystals (which can be brown, gold, or red) are easy to see in this quartz medium.  Quartz has a hardness of 7 while rutile (basically titanium oxide) has a hardness of 6.  It's very difficult to get a good polish on this type of stone without pitting.

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