Rutilated quartz which is sometimes referred to as sagenite (although this name is rarely used now days), is a variety of included quartz which features needle-like mineral inclusions. These can be thick or thin, pale gold to rich orangey brown in colour and are arranged in random patterns which can be dense and complex or relatively sparse. Inclusions are not uncommon in quartz and there are literally hundreds of different varieties, however rutile is one of the most common. Being similar in appearance to strands of fine golden hair means that these inclusions are sometimes referred to as Venus hair or Cupid's darts. Other mineral inclusions can include air, water, tar and petroleum but in the case of amber, the inclusions are often insects.
Rutile is titanium dioxide which grows naturally within the stone over millions of years. The difference in hardness between the two materials and also because of the way the rutiles grow, means the surface of the quartz is often pitted.
When used in crystal healing, it is an energizing stone which helps get energy moving on all levels. It assists with mental focus and attracts love as well as stabilizing relationships. Emotionally it is helpful in uncovering the causes of mental issues and hang-ups and can also help to diminish fear, it's excellent for assisting with decision making processes, can ease loneliness and relieve guilt thereby bringing happiness. It is often used for meditation, spiritual communication and dream work and is particularly effective for seeking higher spiritual experiences and meditation on feminine ideas. Beneficial for food disorders, the immune system and regeneration of tissue, fatigue, depression and respiratory illness, stability of all physical systems and general health and absorption of nutrients from food.
Rutilated quartz is mined predominantly in Brazil although it can also be found in Australia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the United States.