Crystal Fact File

Rose Quartz

Presenting the love stone, Rose Quartz, sadly often criticized and overlooked simply because it is common, yet ironically offering something we could all use a little bit more of. Read on to learn more about this heart healer and why embracing her could teach us to view the world through rose-coloured glasses…

Chemical Composition: SiO2, Silicon Dioxide
Hardness: 7
Occurence: Madagascar, India, Germany,
USA, Brazil

About the Mineral

Rose Quartz is a macrocrystalline variety of the mineral Quartz (SiO2). Quartz is the most abundant single mineral found on earth, making up about 12% of the earth’s crust, occurring in a wide variety of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Rose Quartz normally occurs as massive, meaning it forms as large chunks of rock whose individual crystals have poorly formed boundaries, as opposed to forming well-formed, individual crystals. However in 1959, beautiful transparent Rose Quartz crystals were found in Brazil and to this day Brazil is the only known source of such well formed specimens.

Its Colour

Rose Quartz’s colour varies from pale pink to rosy red and from opaque to, in rare cases, translucent. It is generally believed that it lends its colour to traces of iron, titanium or manganese and some have even suggested gold, though recent research also indicates that much Rose Quartz contains microscopic inclusions of a fibrous mineral resembling dumorturite. Because this mineral resembles, but isn’t exactly, dumorturite, it suggests that it is a new and as yet unknown mineral, a mystery of the mineral world.
Occasionally, rutile needles are found in Rose Quartz. The effect of these inclusions is a beautiful
phenomenon known as asterism, the appearance of a star of light in the stone, similar to that found in star ruby and star sapphire. Such specimens are known as, of course, Star Rose Quartz.

Uses of Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is used as both an ornamental stone and a gemstone. In its ornamental applications it is not uncommon to find large, glistening, pink boulders of Rose Quartz in someone’s garden. Obelisks, pyramids, statues and spheres of Rose Quartz are common as tabletop and mantelpiece ornaments or are strategically positioned by those who believe in their metaphysical properties. Higher quality stone is carved into cabouchons for jewellery and in the case of higher quality transparent stones, Rose Quartz is beautiful when faceted.

Its Metaphysics

Rose Quartz is the stone of gentle love, said to open the heart centre and help one attune to the energy of love; both love of self and of others. For the broken-hearted or those experiencing emotional crisis, Rose Quartz is like a warm, soothing, caring hug, helping with the release of emotional stress, bringing a sense of wellbeing and calm and restoring self-esteem and confidence. It also softens the hardest of hearts, addressing one’s aggression and resentment and promoting compassion, patience and forgiveness.

Rose Quartz is also the stone of artists and beauty. It renews the way we view the world, deepening our appreciation for nature, art, music and writing. Wear it to stimulate the imagination and enhance artistic expression.
There are various physical healing benefits attributed to Rose Quartz. It is said that it can help to
soothe bronchitis, burns and blistering and aid the proper functioning of the heart, liver, lungs,
kidneys, adrenal glands and genitals. It has been used in the treatment of vertigo and depression,
and even to assist with weight loss. When used as an elixir it is said to clear and soften the skin and prevent wrinkles.
Rose Quartz relates to the astrological signs of  Taurus and Libra.

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