Rock & Gem Kids is a monthly feature that offers articles, puzzles, and a quiz with prizes for junior rockhounds.
1. Needlelike rutiles are called “Venus hair” crystals.
2. Bundles of rutile fibers in minerals like corundum create the optical effect known as asterism.
3. Brilliant white powdered rutile is used as pigment in paper, plastics and paints.
4. Soapstone is soft enough to be carved into animals and bowls.
5. “Herkimer diamonds” are a kind of quartz crystal.