Rutile Crystals in Pyrophyllite - Champion Mine, California

This specimen contains rutile crystals with a metallic luster that formed within a pyrophyllite matrix. It was collected from the Champion Mine within the White Mountains of California.

Rutile is an oxide mineral that is composed primarily of TiO2, although iron is a typical chemical variation. It comes in a wide variety of crystal forms, from lustrous metallic-like crystals, thin straw like crystals, to even deep red crystals with slight translucence. Rutile has also been know to form needle-like inclusion with other minerals, commonly forming with quartz. Rarer polymorphs of rutile (TiO2) include anatase and brookite, both of which have unique crystal structures.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Rutile
LOCATION
Champion Mine, White Mountains, California
SIZE
1.3 x .8" entire specimen. Largest crystal is .5" long
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#127011