Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Collected by Ed Swoboda in the 1940’s, this piece is a rare rutile from the famous Ouro Preto locality. While rutilated quartz and spiky star-like rutiles are famous from Brazil, this stubby habit is quite rare. The front of the piece shows close contact twins and symmetrical pyramidal terminations. The distinct striation patterns show where the crystal twinned. The back of the piece creates an almost pinwheel aesthetic with repeated twinning, and it is almost a sixling. This crystal has been said to be one of the best and largest twinned specimens from the locality as most specimens from there are quite small. It has some scuffing around the edges due to its age, but overall has really nice aesthetics and is a truly unique piece.
Collected by Ed Swoboda in the 1940’s – Ex James Zigras
3.10 x 3.50 x 2.30 cm