ROSE QUARTZ (rōz ˈkwärts) is a variety of quartz that ranges from pale pink to a deep red. The main source for these gemstones is Brazil, but it can also be found in the U.S., South Africa, and Madagascar. Its chemical composition is SiO2 + (Fe, Ti, Mn). It ranks at a 7.0 hardness on the Mohs scale.
Rose quartz gets its color primarily from manganese and titanium, and occasionally from iron. It is found in massive deposits, meaning that it looks like boulders or rocks. Crystalline rose quartz is extremely rare and gets its color not from manganese or titanium, but instead from phosphate and aluminum. It is photosensitive and subject to fading.
There is a type of rose quartz that contains small, needle-like inclusions of rutile. Asterism occurs when the inclusions are formed across certain axes, and when cut and lit in a certain way a star will appear on the stone. This type of rose quartz is often sold under the name “star rose quartz”.
Carved rose quartz beads from around 7,000 BC have been found in Iraq, and there is evidence that other ancient cultures used them as well. The Romans carved them and set them in rings, while the Egyptians fashioned it into masks and believed it would reverse aging.
Rose quartz is spiritually linked to the heart chakra, and many use it to draw love, energize current relationships, or bring closure to old relationships. This stone encourages all types of love. It can bring self-love to those who use it, as well as strengthening the bonds between friends, family members, and co-workers.
Rose quartz is also associated with fertility and sensuality, and is considered a feminine stone. Using it during meditation may help ease sexual troubles and promote pregnancy.
As a bringer of self-love, rose quartz also brings self-confidence and happiness. Many wear it close to their heart on a necklace to help them be more outgoing and sure of themselves.
Care and Cleansing
Rose quartz can be cleaned with soap and water, and can be polished with a jeweller’s cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners, as they can scratch the surface. Do not leave these stones in the sunlight or in the heat, as it may cause the color to fade.
To cleanse or clear rose quartz, leave it in a bowl of salt water for a day, or pack it in salt and leave it overnight. Many also like to use incense or sage to cleanse their stones by holding them in the smoke.
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