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Rutile (TiO2) occurs in granitic rocks, pegmatites, quartz veins, mica schists and gneisses. It also is found in in metamorphic limestones, amphibolites and dolomites. Rutile often occurs as fine acicular crystals in quartz (see rutilated quartz information), micas and corundum. Rutile is often found in considerable quantities in black sands associated with magnetite, ilmenite, zircon and monazite.
Rutilated is usually recognized by its adamantine luster, red color, and
crystal habit. In quartz and micas it is characterized by its needle-like
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The name rutile comes from the Latin word rutilus meaning red.
Titanium derived from rutile is used in metal alloys, for electrodes in arc lights and as a pigment in paint, porcelain and false teeth.
The astrological signs of rutile are Gemini and Taurus.
Rutile is said to make one more forgiving toward both oneself and others, and to give a general sense of tranquility and order. It is also said to stimulate one's problem solving capabilities by providing a more in-depth understanding of the details involved.
Rutile is said to help strengthen the immune system and to help in the treatment of pulmonary and circulatory disorders.
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