the pink variety of quartz
Rose quartz is one of the most desirable varieties of quartz. The
pink to rose red color completely unique, unlike any other pink
mineral species. The color is caused by iron and titanium
Rose quartz is used as an ornamental stone and as a gemstone.
Although rose quartz is usually too cloudy to be used as a cut
gemstone, a few exceptional pieces are found with enough clarity
and color to make fine gems. Most gemmy rose quartz is used as
cabochons where the clarity is not as important as the color. Rose
quartz is also a very attractive ornamental stone and is carved
into popular spheres, pyramids, obelisks, figurines and ornate
Rose quartz is found in Madagascar, India, Germany and several
localities in the USA. Much rose quartz was extracted from a
famous site near Custer, South Dakota, but now, most of the worlds
supply of good carvable rose quartz comes from Brazil.
Brazil is also the only source of true well formed crystals of
rose quartz. All rose quartz was believed to be only massive,
found primarily in the cores of pegmatites. This lack of crystals
is somewhat of a curiosity because quartz crystallizes into well
formed crystals in all its other macroscopic varieties. So amazing
are the rose quartz crystals that the first ones discovered were
dismissed as fakes by mineralogists from around the world.
Rose quartz is only one of several quartz varieties. Other
varieties that form macroscopic (large enough to see) crystals are
the purple gemstone variety.
Citrine is a
yellow to orange gemstone variety that is rare in nature but is
often created by heating Amethyst.
is the cloudy white variety.
is the clear variety that is also used as a gemstone.
is the brown to gray variety.
A major gemstone of love, it is said to promote all the good
aspects of love tenderness, comfort, gentleness, joy and hope.
Thought to promote peace, happiness
and fidelity in relationships.
A gemstone of the "heart", it is said to help heart problems. It
is also thought to bring healing to those
who feel "unloved". Thought beneficial for wrinkles.