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.


Colorless quartz is the most common and allows for the best view of rutile silk. However, some may prefer the muted effect of smoky quartz or the vibrant color of amethyst or citrine.

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 parallel or perpendicular. While choosing among these varieties is mostly a matter of personal preference, two factors do impact value.

First, rutile inclusions that reach