Rose quartz from our collection of carefully chosen crystals rocks and minerals. This popular variety of quartz is used primarily for lapidary purposes and in particular as a gemstone. Its crystal habit is massive which is a term in geology that's used to describe the external shape of an individual crystal or group of crystals. A mineral whose crystal habit is massive will be relatively shapeless and have no visible external crystal shape.
Although individual crystals are rarely seen in rose quartz there is another variety of pink coloured quartz that does occur in well formed crystals but there are significant differences in its physical properties and the cause of its colour. Although often described as rose quartz this is not accurate and it should instead be described simply as pink quartz.
As well as being hugely popular for beads, gemstones and many other lapidary items rose quartz is also frequently transformed into tumbled stones which tend to be used with alternative therapies such as crystal healing. In the metaphysical world rose quartz is considered to be a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. When placed close to the bed it's said to attract love but can also be used to help support an existing relationship.
Shades of colour in rose quartz can vary from bright to pale pink and hues of lavender or orange may also be present. It's generally quite cloudy so in order to retain as much clarity as possible, when used as a gemstone it tends to be cut as a cabochon. The exact source of its pink colour has been debated for hundreds of years and whilst many believe that it's due to impurities of iron, titanium and possibly manganese, it has never been confirmed. One thing that is known about its colour is that it's sensitive to light hence may fade over time so stones should always be protected from from sunlight.
Weight (grams) : 220
Size (cms) : 7.9 x 4.8 x 5.1