Rutilated Quartz Crystal
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Quartz is the most abundant mineral on Earth. Routilated quarts forms in quartz veins when red or ‘rutile' crystals grow along the vein toward the center, usually enveloped by milky quartz. While most varieties of transparent quartz are valued when they show no impurities, routilated quartz is valued specifically because of its impurity. The mineral is often called “Venus hair stone,” “Fleches d'amour” or “Cupid's darts” because of the this lines of gold that run along its veins, resembling darts or strands of hair. Individual shapes and minerals vary but your item will resemble the pictured example.