A mineral (named in 1803) that consists of titanium dioxide, usually with a little iron, rutile is typical of a reddish-brown colour, but sometimes deep red or black, with a brilliant metallic or diamond lustre. In times past, rutile has been said to represent both the lovely hair of Venus and the “sweet-tipped” arrows of love. Because of the belief that it repels negative energy, the stone is thought to be useful for healing – it brings awareness of the reason for a disease so that one is able to correct the problem. Rutile has also been helpful in stabilizing marriages and other relationships as well as emotional and physical imbalances. It has been used in the treatment of bronchitis, to promote lactation and to put a “sparkle” in the eyes.