Rose Quartz is one
macrocrystalline (visible to the naked eye) variety of Quartz and is, in fact,
one of its very highly desired varieties. It's pink color is unique
in the mineral kingdom. When occurring in masses, this pink color is thought
to be caused by impurities such as titanium, iron or manganese, although
more recent study has shown through X-ray diffraction that the color may be due
to thin microscopic fibers such as that which comprises Dumortierite.
When in its rarer crystal form, its color is thought to be due to traces of phosphate
or aluminum. The origins of Rose Quartz's color are still in debate. If
Rutile needles are present during the growth of Rose Quartz, they orient at
right angles to the C-axis and a star pattern, or asterism, may be
visible when back-lit and peering through the crystal, as opposed to, for
instance, certain Sapphires whose asterisms are seen when light shines
on the surface of the gem.
Rose Quartz normally
occurs as solid masses found in the cores of large pegmatites (a coarse-grained
Granite) and sometimes in massive hydrothermal veins. Actual crystals of
Rose Quartz are fairly rare; so rare that the first to be found were
dismissed as fakes. But true crystals they are; the first was found near
Rumford, Maine, but the majority hail from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Other
Rose Quartz crystal localities include Arkansas, Colorado, South Dakota
(official state mineral as of 1966), Maine, Arizona, Virginia and New
York in the U.S., Scotland, England, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Still,
it is an oddity that Rose Quartz is found somewhat lacking when
it comes to crystal formation, as all other forms of Quartz are commonly
found in crystal form.
Usually too cloudy to be
cut into gemstones (although occasionally found in gem quality), most Rose
Quartz is cut into cabochons, beads, or shaped into crystal points.
Carved spheres, obelisks, pyramids and figurines are also popular.
Over time, Rose Quartz
crystals are prone to fading and are best kept away from
prolonged sunlight. They are also prone to crack or chip rather easily and
should be handled with care.
SiO2, Silicon Dioxide.
shades of pink to rosy red. Opaque to translucent; rarely transparent.
Hexagonal-Rhombohedral; 32 (trigonal-trapezohedral).
Usually massive with occasional contact crystal faces. May also occur (but
rarely) as small horizontally striated hexagonal prisms terminated by a
combination of positive and negative rhombohedrons forming six-sided pyramids.
Rarely forms as crystals.
Refraction index 1.544-1.553.
Madagascar, Brazil, India,
Germany, and several locations within the U.S.
Best Field Indicators:
Color, hardness, crystal
Uses: Gemstone; ornamental stone.
Much of the geological information for Rose Quartz is the same as clear Quartz. The above text lists simply the main differences. For a more comprehensive view see: Quartz (Rock Crystal.
Throughout history, Rose
Quartz has been a symbol for love and beauty. Today it is known as the
"Stone of Gentle Love" or the "Stone of Unconditional Love".
Although not much is
known historically about Rose Quartz, beads were found in the area once known as Mesopotamia
(today's Iraq) that date back to 7000 BC. Rose Quartz jewelry was
known to be crafted by the Assyrians during the time span of 800-600 BC, and it
is believed that the Assyrians along with the Romans were first to use this
stone. The Romans used it for making seals as a sign of ownership.
They also considered it a strong healing stone. Egyptians believed the
pink stone prevented aging.
Rose Quartz has
traditionally been given to newborn babies to help in their transition from
the spirit world to the physical realm, gently integrating the two and
helping with adjustment. This stone is also said to help mend broken hearts
or aid in easing emotional trauma.
Wearing or carrying a
heart-shaped Rose Quartz pendant or charm is thought to attract love.
Rose Quartz is an
alternate for Garnet as January's birthstone.
Libra and Taurus
Chakra(s): Heart to Crown
Promotes the arts.
Calming and soothing.
Brings peace and harmony.
Boosts self-esteem and
Promotes compassion and
Gives physical aid in
treating: Depression. Calms in crisis situations. Aids in weight loss. Skin
and cell rejuvenation; clears complexion; prevents wrinkles. Circulatory
system. Kidneys, liver, heart and lungs. Increases fertility. Protects against
Stone therapy should NOT
take the place of medical evaluation and procedures, and should be used merely
to enhance one's health and well-being.
Rose Quartz is a
veritable love stone. It is a soft and gentle stone, and it is charming
in more ways than one. Not only is it simply an attractive and alluring stone,
but it also possesses the power to actually charm its bearer, and, in turn,
may charm those he or she chooses to relate to. It opens our
hearts to acknowledge and more easily identify all the beauty that
surrounds us, not only within all things and within all others, but within
ourselves. It also encourages forgiveness through its soothing,
By inspiring a mood
of love, I find Rose Quartz also encourages me to share this mood...be
it through my artwork as it flows through my hands and off the tip of my
pen or paintbrush, or through my relationships in both love and friendship.
A stone I relate to the passions of Psyche and Eros, the lasting adoration
of Selene and Endymion, the beauty of Aphrodite, and the grace and
unconditional love of Hestia.
Although very effective
when placed on your person and worn as jewelry (preferably a pendant close
to the heart), another quick way of benefiting from the sensual and loving
virtues of Rose Quartz is to make an elixir by infusing spring water
with the stone's essence. To promote a calm and harmonious atmosphere to
your surroundings, scatter several pieces of the stone in strategic
Rose Quartz not only promotes
patience, friendship, and rejuvenation, but most importantly all
forms of lasting love. When I buried my beloved black cat, Jazzman, I
placed a Rose Quartz heart next to him, symbolic of the unconditional love we
shared and of the love we will forever hold for each other.
Crystals" ~ Anna Sofianides & Dr. George Harlow
Minerals" ~ Discovery Channel, Discovery Publishing
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