However my opinion changes when I happen to see some beautiful rutilated quartz crystals in the internet. These crystals have needle-like inclusions inside the stones that shine brilliantly under the torch light. When I research further, I found that these rutilated crystals are by no means cheap. Some of the best ones (those containing golden yellow inclusions) are sold at a few hundred dollars per carat.
|The needle-like inclusions, mainly titanium dioxide|
|This rutilated crystal ball is a gem in itself|
The rutilated quartz crystals are also made into bracelets. The thread-like inclusions have different colours ranging from golden yellow to reddish brown. The metallic oxide appears as inclusions inside the crystal clear quartz. These thread-like inclusions (basically rutile which is titanium dioxide) enhances the beauty of the ordinary quartz crystals.
|This bracelet consists of mini rutilated quartz balls|
Some of the larger stones are carved into figurines with these long thread-like inclusions running along the carvings. They look magnificent when the inclusion are illuminated under the influence of light, the more inclusions the higher the value.
|This carving is a prized gem due to its inclusions|
|This is a hugh rutilated quartz crystal ball|
|The thicker the rutile bands the higher the value of the stones|
I have a citrine gem quality crystal over 57 carats bought many years ago from a shop.
My other collections, 2 bracelets of rutilated quartz crystal balls of golden and red needles inclusions.