Rose Quartz Rough Crystal Specimen
QUARTZ (var. ROSE)
HISTORY, NAME, LOCALITIES: Rose quartz, which has been known since antiquity, is the common, pale-pink to rose-red variety of massive quartz. Its name alludes to its color. Rose quartz is collected in Brazil, Madagascar, India, Germany, South Africa, Namibia, Russia, and the United States (Maine, North Carolina, South Dakota, Colorado).
MINERALOGY, PROPERTIES, OCCURRENCE: The physical properties of rose quartz are the same as those of quartz [silicon dioxide, SiO2], with the exception of its diagnostic, pale-pink to rose-red colors, which are caused by traces of titanium, and also traces of iron and manganese. Rose quartz, which occurs only in massive form and does not form crystals, is found primarily in the cores of granite pegmatites. It is usually translucent and sometimes contains microscopic, fiber-like inclusions of rutile and borosilicate minerals that impart a chatoyancy and asterism effect to create cat’s-eye and star gemstones. Rose quartz has a Mohs hardness of 7.0, conchoidal fracture, vitreous luster, and a specific gravity of 2.65. Massive rose quartz must not be confused with crystalline pink quartz.
METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES, LORE, USES: According to metaphysical beliefs, rose quartz is a stone of love that helps in all matters related to love, raises self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, relieves stress, and promotes inner peace. Rose quartz is fashioned into inexpensive cabochons and decorative objects.
COLLECTORS’ INFORMATION: Collectors value rose quartz for its soft translucency and pleasing pale-pink to rose-red colors.