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Rose Quartz Properties Facts and Photos

rose quartz mineral on display in the Smithsonian National History Museum

1. What is Rose Quartz?
2. Cause of the Colour
3. More Facts
4. Healing Properties
5. Article Photos
6. Our Collection of Rose Quartz

What is Rose Quartz?

Rose quartz is a pink variety of the mineral quartz found in several countries around the world.  Pink is one of the less common colours in which quartz occurs.

Individual crystals of rose quartz have never been found.  The mineral crystallises in masses.

In this crystal habit known as 'massive' crystals form as one tightly intergrown shapeless mass.  Crystals have no definitive shape or external form.  This structure is unusual considering most varieties of quartz exhibit well formed crystals.

There is a pink coloured quartz that does form individual crystals.  It's generally believed pink quartz as it tends to be known is a variety in its own right.

As well as being very rare it forms in a different geological environment.  Its colour is believed to be caused by impurities of aluminium and phosphorus.  It's also extremely sensitive to light.

The colour of rose quartz is considered to be fairly stable.  With that said, there have been occasional reports of stones that have turned pale after being exposed to sunlight.

Cause of the Pink Colour

The colour of rose quartz is unique and has been a subject of great debate for many years.  Despite extensive analysis scientists are still not certain what causes the pink colour.

The most popular theory is the presence of microscopic fibrous inclusions related to a mineral very similar to dumortierite.

During tests when the inclusions were separated from the rose quartz they were found to exhibit exactly the same colour.   It's therefore believed they're likely to be the cause.

two very rare rose quartz crystals

A Few More Facts

Rose quartz is used primarily for decorative purposes.  Pink quartz is popular with collectors.

Despite rose quartz being translucent, when used as a gemstone it tends to be shaped as a cabochon.  The reason for this is because it's slightly cloudy.

Beads found in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) date back to 7000 BC. It's also believed to have been used by the Assyrians in 800 - 600 BC.

Although rose quartz was known to the Romans they used it mainly for seals.

A relatively hard stone rose quartz grades 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.  The vast majority and certainly the finest grade material comes from Brazil.

Pink quartz can only be found in Brazil.

Metaphysical Healing Properties

When used for its metaphysical properties rose quartz is the ultimate stone of love.   It's also regarded as being the most important crystal for matters relating to the heart.

This romantic stone opens the heart to new love and brings more love into our lives.  It inspires warmth, attraction and new friendships.  It's a great emotional healer particularly for deep inner healing and can be used for learning how to love yourself.

The calming energies of rose quartz offer comfort and reassurance and make it ideal to use in a crisis or traumatic situation.

Placing a stone close to your bed will keep an existing relationship strong, restore trust and harmony and encourage unconditional love.

Rose quartz removes negative energy from a room and replaces it with love and respect for those around you.

One of the finest of all healers, it helps release difficult emotions and heartache, soothes mental pain and helps you let go in order to move forward. 

For those who have lost in love rose quartz will offer comfort to deal with the pain.  It's especially beneficial for those who feel they cannot be loved.

Article Photos

The rose quartz in our first photo is on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.  Photo by Stone Mania.

The second photo is courtesy of The Arkenstone.  Both photos are clickable and redirect to the original non-compressed image. 

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