ROCK TRIVIA: RUTILATED QUARTZ
( a.k.a. Cupid's darts and Venus hair stone )
Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth. It is also the most varied in terms of variety and color.
Rutilated Quartz is most common in colorless, transparent Quartz, although a brown, smoky Rutilated Quartz has been found. The Rutile inclusions can be few and hair-like or very dense and the lines quite thick. The patterns can be parallel, crisscrossed, or something in-between. Rutilated Quartz is one of the few gemstones that is valued for its inclusions.
The name rutile comes from the Latin word rutilus meaning red.
Rutile is an ore of titanium, which is a metal used for high tech alloys.
The chief sources of Rutilated Quartz are Brazil, and India. It is also found in Australia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the United States.