Rutilated Quartz Buying Guide
Silky golden rutile inclusions in quartz have become quite popular. With more and more people seeking something unique and eye-catching, there’s little wonder that the value of rutilated quartz has skyrocketed. Unlike diamonds and most colored gemstones, determining the value of rutilated quartz is highly subjective. Ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Only you can determine what you like. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to read up on the quality factors for this gem before your next rutilated quartz buying trip.
Rutilated Quartz Buying and the Four Cs
The IGS quartz value listing has price guidelines for faceted and cabochon rutilated and tourmalinated quartz.
Rutile inclusions occur in shades ranging from golden to brown. While bright golden inclusions are the most desired, some may prefer a coppery hue.
Of course, the most important factor in rutilated quartz value is the inclusions. These may occur as large bands or small strands. Some stones are full of rutile, while others have only a few inclusions. The rutile may be nearly parallel or intersecting. While these factors are largely a matter of personal aesthetic, a couple do impact value.
Next, although you can’t expect perfect symmetry, look for a visually balanced stone with an even distribution of rutile.
Other inclusions may be present. Black tourmaline or reddish hematite commonly occur as inclusions in quartz. As long as these inclusions add to the stone’s aesthetic, they don’t detract from its price.
Poorly cut rutilated quartz has little value. Always look for a symmetrically cut stone with bright facets that features the rutile inclusions attractively. While cabochons are much less expensive than faceted gems, they should also nicely feature rutile inclusions.
Due to the abundance of quartz, even in large sizes, the price per carat of rutilated quartz doesn’t vary with carat weight.
At 7 on the Mohs scale, quartz is hard enough to resist scratches well. Rutile, however, has a hardness of 6. Thus, any surface-reaching inclusions are more prone to scratching. In addition, any stones with large inclusions have a greater chance of fracturing. Keeping your rutilated quartz in a protective setting and avoiding impacts will help ensure that your stone lasts.