Rose Quartz is one of the most highly sought after varieties of the mineral quartz. Relatively translucent, it is rarely ever found in crystals which is strange considering that quartz is generally known for its crystals. One of the only places in the world where rose quartz crystals have been found is the Minas Gerais area of Brazil. More commonly it is found as a 'massive aggregate' meaning it has no definitive shape and is just one large mass. There is a pink variety that does form crystals and although rare, it is known as pink quartz which is not the same as rose quartz. When polished, one could be confused for the other.
The colour of rose quartz is unique and believed to be caused by tiny impurities of manganese, iron and titanium. Being sensitive to heat means it should be protected from prolonged exposure to bright light as this can cause it to fade.
Although carved since ancient times, little is known about this mineral. Beads found in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) date back to 7000 BC. and it's also believed to have been used by the Assyrians in 800-600 BC as well as in ancient Rome where it was popular for making seals.
It is rarely faceted as cutting can result in it becoming cloudy so more usually, it is cut and polished as a cabochon.
In crystal healing it is considered to be the ultimate stone of love and peace which has no limits or bounderies. One of the most important crystals for the healing of the heart, it will work gently with the chakras to remove negativity. It promotes receptivity to beauty of all kinds and is a romantic stone which attracts love. It is also one of the greatest emotional healers which releases unexpressed emotions and heartache. For those who have loved and lost, it will comfort grief, draw off negative energy and replace it with loving vibes. Rose quartz is excellent for helping you through a mid-life crisis, it's useful for balancing yin and yang energy, can breath new life into the physical body and help to heal emotional wounds.
Graded 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, rose quartz can be found in Madagascar, India, Germany and the USA although most of the world's supply now comes from Brazil.