Rutilated Quartz

Few gemstones are prized for their beautiful inclusions. Consider the overwhelming popularity of diamond, which is most valuable when it is inclusion-free. Internal growth features in most gemstones are typically considered by jewelers and consumers alike to be flaws, and their presence reduces the gem's value. But for the jeweler/gemologist, there is absolutely nothing like the excitement generated in seeing a three-phase inclusion with a perfect halite crystal encased alongside a gas bubble in a liquid cavity, establishing the origin of a Colombian emerald … or finding a deliberately positioned central horsetail of byssolite fibers in a Russian demantoid … or better still, a swirling fingerprint inclusion comprising hundreds of aligned octahedral crystals in a Burmese flame spinel. But these rare internal beauty marks are appreciated only by those who examine gems under magnifica
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