1. What is Rose Quartz?
2. The Pink Colour of Rose Quartz
3. Rose Quartz Rarely Faceted
4. Healing Properties of Rose Quartz
5. Article Photos
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What is Rose Quartz?
Rose quartz which is a pink variety of the mineral quartz can be found in several countries around the world. Pink is one of the less common colours in which quartz occurs.
Rose quartz rarely forms individual crystals and is mostly found in massive form. In this crystal habit crystals grow as one large shapeless mass. With them being so tightly intergrown they have no definitive external shape.
This crystal habit is unusual considering most varieties of quartz exhibit well formed crystals.
There is a pink coloured quartz that does form individual crystals but it's generally believed that pink quartz as it tends to be known, is a variety in its own right.
As well as being very rare, this mineral forms in a different environment. The cause of its pink colour which is believed to be from impurities of aluminium and phosphorus, is extremely sensitive to light.
The colour of rose quartz is considered to be stable but there have been occasional reports of stones that have turned pale after being exposed to sunlight.
Individual crystals of rose quartz have never been found.
The Pink Colour of Rose Quartz
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.
Rose Quartz Rarely Faceted
Rose quartz is used primarily for decorative purposes. Pink quartz is popular with collectors.
Despte 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 the Romans used rose quartz it was mainly for making 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.
Healing Properties of Rose Quartz
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 healing the heart.
This romantic stone opens the heart to new love and brings more love into our lives.
Rose quartz insprires 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.
Its calming energies which offer comfort and reassurance make rose quartz an ideal stone 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.
It removes negative energy from a room and replaces it with love and respect for those around you.
One of the finest of all healers, rose quartz 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 it will offer comfort to deal with the pain. It's especially beneficial for those who feel they cannot be loved.
Rose quartz strengthens mind body and spirit and radiates positive energy.
The rose quartz mineral featured in our first photograph is on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Photo by Stone Mania. The second photo which features two outstanding fine rose quartz minerals is courtesy of The Arkenstone. Both photos are clickable and redirect to the original full size image.