1.7" Shiny Golden RUTILE Crystals Sunburst Epitaxial on HEMATITE Brazil for sale

Product Code: EB0318RUTH4
Availability: In Stock
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Location Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Size 1.7" x 1.1" x 0.3"
Suggested Stand A display square comes free with this specimen.

On this amazing specimen, which resembles a sunburst, the metallic golden rutile needles grow directly out of shining silvery gray hematite crystals.  This unusual formation is called epitactic, as in "a rutile epitactic overgrowth on hematite."  The term sunburst comes from the resemblance to golden rays of sunshine shooting out from behind a dark gray cloud. This is a cluster of crystals raiating out in all directions in a flat plane parallel to the hematite. The long needles of rutile grown directly out of the smallish center of hematite. There is no damage to this highly aesthetic cluster.