Rutile is named after the Latin word rutilus, meaning red. Rutile is a rich source of titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is a very white, opaque substance. Because of its opaque and reflective properties it is used as a pigment in paints, plastics and paper. Titanium dioxide is also used in sunscreen because of its ability to reflect UV light.

The Properties of Rutile
Chemical Formula: TiO2
Colour: Brownish Red
Hardness: 6-6.5
Relative density: 4.23-5.5

Titanium products

Titanium metal is very strong and stable. It is used in spacecraft, guided missiles, jewellery, artificial joints and heart pacemakers.

Rutile grains

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