Monday, October 13, 2014

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a stone with so many colors, from light to dark pink. It also has many names - Love Stone, Pink Quartz, Bohemian Ruby. Rose quartz is one of the most desirable varieties of quartz.

Basically, rose quartz is a quartz crystal that owes its pink hue to the presence of several minerals, including trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese. Natural rose quartz is often a very pale pink, cloudy and colored by inclusions. The pink color in Rose Quartz is photosensitive and can fade in sunlight.

 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 world's supply of good quality rose quartz comes from Brazil.
Necklace of rose quartz and silver at TheSnapDragon'sLair on Etsy

Rose quartz occurs in pegmatites. It forms at very high temperatures, between 400°C and 700°C. Rose quartz is also found in massive hydrothermal veins, but more rarely. Rose quartz is usually mined manually from pegmatites as explosives would shatter the rocks and cause fine cracks in the specimen that decrease their value.

Rose quartz is often called the "Love Stone." It's energetic hallmark is that of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. This makes rose quartz a stone for every type of love: self-love, family, platonic, romantic, and unconditional. As a variety of quartz, rose quartz has high energy, and this strong energy can enhance love in virtually any situation. Rose quartz is also a gemstone known for bringing happiness to its owner.

The astrological signs of rose quartz are Taurus and Libra.

Art Deco Necklace from Zephyrvintage