While most gems are valued for their flawless lack of inclusion, the rutilated quartz gem is one gem that strikes the eye because of them. Pushing through the beautiful crystalline structure of the quartz, rutilated quartz contains spurs of red hues that excite the eye and draw attention to the various optic features within. The spurs within the gem are of various angles. Yet they are generally characterized as either radiating from the center or rendering a cross-hatch effect within or near the surface of the stone.

Unlike many gems, the number of radiating spurs – or wheels of spurs – may vary, with gems containing multiple radiations being the most valued of all rutilated quartz gems. In this article, we will explore the origins and delve into interesting facts about this most interesting gemstone.

Rutilated quartz

History and Properties of Rutilated Quartz

Rutilated quartz is also known as sagenitic quartz, chemically referred to as silicon dioxide (SiO2) with the rutile having a chemical property of (TiO2), being a derivative of Titanium. The Quartz is translucent, while the titanium spurs are not. The gem is either yellow or brown in hue, with a refractive index of 1.54- 1.55. The gem has a varied hardness factor, with the quartz itself being a hardness factor of 7 while the Rutile has a hardness factor of 6. This means that it has a good ‘toughness’ factor for everyday wear.

Rutilated Quartz has been valued since ancient times for its beauty. The origin of the word quartz is Saxon, stemming from the word ‘querklufterz’. It means an ore that crosses over another, referring to the crystalline structures found within. Rutilated quartz has been referred to as the Fleches d’amour in French, meaning the “Spires of love”. Its value as a gift within the upper classes during courtship periods was particularly known during the ancien régime.

Today, it retains its place within the realm of valued gemstones. The word “rutile” is Latin, referring to the red colors of the spurs within the gem. Pliny, writing in the ancient greek world, believed that quartz was created by the pressure of ice in the high mountains to the North. This belief about quartz subsisted into the 18th century in some isolated communicated in Europe.

Rutilated Gems Metaphysical Details

Rutilated quartz has been said to aid the energy level of the wearer, creating motion on all levels. In India, the gem is used to identify and target the chakras, in order to bring them back into alignment using the healing properties of the stone. The wearer is said to exhibit less tedious behavior and to be able to focus clearer on tasks or challenges that may be faced. Perhaps the energy-related awareness of this stone is derived from the shattering effect of the spurs within. This is what many of the gurus of India seem to indicate, as they make regular use of this crystal during healing sessions.

The stone also appears to help men focus on feminine ideas, stripping away behaviors suggesting anxiety over status and threats. Rutilated quartz is, therefore, one of the primary crystals used to affect the mental state of the wearer or subject. Physically, the crystal also is said to offer many benefits. the energetic properties of this stone inspire the healing of the body, restabilization of important systems related to the blood and diet. This includes digestion, nutrient absorption heart rate.

block of rutilated quartz

Examples of Famous Jewelry Containing Rutilated Quartz

One of the most amazing properties of rutilated quartz is its ability to be fashioned into almost any shape. One of the most amazing shapes is also one of the most simple – a perfect circle. The beautiful spurs inside the quartz make one imagine the way a far-off planet or moon might look. Its various properties of colors and refraction cause the viewer to look even further into the structure of the crystal to admire its detailed inclusions.

One of the most valued aspects of the rutilated quartz gem is the spiral star formation, which is sought after throughout the market. These spurs and lines running through the quartz can even take the shape and sight of a thick wire or band. The rutiles resembled strings or bands. Some of them follow a strict and definite path, while others resemble the fraying of wires within a crystalline case.

The health benefits of reticular quartz gems have been used and noted throughout human history. As such, one wishes to wear the crystal as much as possible in order to enjoy these benefits. For this reason, reticulated quartz gems have been fashioned into innumerable, beautiful pieces of wearable gems. Here, we can see the gem lends itself to the appearance of water – with light passing through it, or as the sky being reflected in a still lake or pond. Perhaps this effect of calmness is what benefits the wearer so much.

rutilated quartz ring

Where Rutilated Quartz Is Found Today

Rutilated quartz is primarily mined in Brazil and India, with other countries like Madagascar playing a smaller role in the market. The presence of the gem in India has been an important reason for its inclusion into the metaphysical aspects of Hindu practitioners. The large amount of quartz in India is related to the same seismic activity that created the Deccan Plateau and Western Ghats.

This uplift was not created by the Indian plate, which is forming the Himalayas, but rather by a previous, much older formative period around 100 – 80 million years ago. The presence of quartz in Brazil is usually associated with river systems like the Rio Grand do Sul, which has washed away sedimentary rocks to reveal quartz deposits within the igneous layers.

The uniqueness, color, and value of inclusions within the stone make rutile quartz one of the most titillating and fascinating gems. The multiple uses of this stone are derived from the special characteristics of quartz, which while strong is also tough and durable. However, the rutile aspect is what truly gives the gem its special place in human history. We hope you enjoy the visual and physical benefits of this beautiful gem – rutilated quartz.

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