Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love. It is a symbol of friendship, a token of beauty and beloved healing crystal.
Rose Quartz is a macro-crystalline mineral, naturally occurring as large intricate crystals. Rose Quartz differs from other Quartz due its pink color, produced from fibrous borosilicate. Crystals of Rose Quartz should be bought by regular weight and dimension as opposed to carats, due to the varying structures of Quartz. Rose Quartz beads dated as old as 7,000 BC have been found, but the crystal still fascinates modern collectors. Rose Quartz is considered a therapeutic stone. Wearing it, meditating with it, as well as keeping it near, is believed to open the heart up to all kinds of love: romantic love, love of family, love of friends, and love of self.
What is Rose Quartz?
Rose Quartz is a macro-crystalline mineral: this means that crystals can be harvested as large intricate raw crystals. Like all Quartzes, Rose Quartz is a compound of SiO2. Given that, Rose Quartz is identified from other Quartzes both scientifically by its microstructure and by its color.
Other names of Rose Quartz include the bohemian ruby in the US and the hyaline Quartz.
Rose Quartz Appearance
In earth science, microstructure describes how crystal samples appear under a microscope. A crystal's microstructure identifies different features we use to describe them: luster, asterism, also known as the 'star effect', and hardness for cutting.
The microstructure of crystals can also impact how you purchase them as well, this includes Rose Quartz. Due to the varying microstructures of Quartzes, it is suggested to buy Quartz by LB or OZ weight, not by carats. By comparison, diamonds have a more uniform microstructure and can be consistently bought in carats. Quartzes, including Rose Quartz, vary in microstructure from crystal to crystal and cuts cannot be consistently measured in carats.
Rose Quartz, as well as other Quartzes, get their various colors due to the bonding properties of silicon. Second to carbon, silicon has the most bonding potential on the periodic table. The nature of silicon leads to many impurities and varying microstructures. These impurities produce color. Rose Quartz has a glass-like appearance due to its microstructure and its pink color comes from impurities of pink fibrous borosilicate.
Rose Quartz Vs. Pink Quartz
There is a similar, yet rare, variant of Quartz that is sensitive to light called pink Quartz. Pink Quartz is classified differently from Rose Quartz; however, they are often described together. Rose Quartz is much more stable than pink Quartz as it is unaffected by light.
Where Does Rose Quartz Come From?
Rose Quartz, like many Quartzes, can occur anywhere. Notable gem localities include Alto da Pitorra in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Albany Rose Quarry in Maine, USA, and Pegmatite 24 in Maine, USA.
Rose Quartz also grows in large specimens in Madagascar, India, Germany, South Africa and several other parts of the USA as well as Canada.
History & Modern Uses
The first record of Rose Quartz crystals were at Mount Mica Quarry in about 1913-1915. However, Rose Quartz beads dating back to 7,000 BC have been found in the area once known as Mesopotamia (today's Iraq).
Historical descriptions indicate that Assyrians, along with the Romans, might have been the first to use Rose Quartz. Specifically, Rose Quartz jewelry was known to be crafted by the Assyrians around 800-600 BC. The Romans used Rose Quartz as a seal to signify ownership. Elsewhere in antiquity, Egyptians believed the stone could prevent aging.
In 2013, a Rose Quartz inclusion specimen called La Madona Rosa (the Pink Madonna) sold for $662,500 in Brazil. The specimen measures 15.5 x 8 inches (39 x 20 cm) and features a core of smoky Quartz that resembles a human form surrounded by a glittering halo of Rose Quartz crystals. La Madona Rosa set a world record for any mineral sold on June 2, 2013 at Heritage Auctions. It was found in the late 1950s at the Sapucaia mine in Brazil.
Rose Quartz is considered a therapeutic stone. Metaphysically, Rose Quartz is thought to invoke a motherly presence. Amulets of Rose Quartz are used as a supportive totem for individuals who are in need of soft and gentle nurturing, looking to balance any matters of the heart. This includes encouraging peace and calm in relationships, not limited to romantic: familial pain as well as fostering deeper platonic relationships.
Rose Quartz is also well suited for addressing emotional wounds, removing negativity and restoring harmony after conflict. This can frequently free one to explore and relate to these feelings in artistic pursuits, leading Rose Quartz to encourage appreciation of the arts. Using a Rose Quartz under the pillow at night promotes peaceful sleep and inspiration.
Chakra Healing and Benefits
Rose Quartz is associated with the heart chakra. Rose Quartz is also one of the most popular stones for emotional healing and growth. Wearing it, meditating with it, as well as keeping it near, is believed to open the heart up to all kinds of love: romantic love, love of family, love of friends, and love of self.
Restoring trust is one of its most powerful and important uses of Rose Quartz. The heart cannot move on from hurt into renewed trust until the understanding and acceptance of past situations. Rose Quartz remedies this by encouraging understanding of feelings such as fear and suspicion.
Meditating with Rose Quartz crystal to encourage love and compassion. Meditating mantras that work best with Rose Quartz focus on becoming a loving being. Rose Quartz inspires us to become a loving being through being loving to yourself, being loving to your loved ones, as well as being loving with strangers and acquaintances.
Rose Quartz for Self-Love and Personal Transformation
Rose Quartz is the quintessential stone for personal transformation, known for its immense ability to invoke personal power to overcome emotional cycles that keep us from our evolution. This enchanting crystal brings a powerful yet gentle force of self-love and compassion into daily life. Rose Quartz teaches us that we must love ourselves before we can love others.
The calming pink of Rose Quartz tells us to be easy on ourselves, giving us reassurance that at this moment we are where we should be. We cannot be anywhere we are not meant to be, so embrace where we are in the moment. Rose Quartz reminds us to see that we are, in fact, perfect and can only be made more perfect.
Rose Quartz is the expert therapist who helps us address our past traumas and current tribulations on all levels of our being. Rose Quartz works to gently expose the emotions we’ve internalized and that comprise the darkest parts of ourselves. This introspection allows us to clear blockages and ascend to higher levels of being. The highest level of love is one without boundaries, living in a state of oneness with all. Rose Quartz is a symbol of our efforts to live at the highest level of love. Use Rose Quartz as a guide for your journey of self-discovery and acceptance.
This stone is associated with the water element and resonates with the heart chakra. Utilize Rose Quartz for all heart chakra work and during meditation to surround yourself with loving energy. Keep Rose Quartz in your home to inspire romance and to hold trust and harmony within your relationships.
Rose Quartz is an excellent stone for those dealing with mid-life crisis as it reminds the holder of their everlasting and ever-youthful self within, dissolving egos and insecurities.
Affirmation: I love myself, I accept myself and I forgive myself. I am Perfect!
Best Suited Zodiac Signs
Rose Quartz is traditionally associated with the planet Venus, or the goddess Aphrodite. Taurus and Libra are also ruled by the planet Venus. Accordingly, this makes Rose Quartz an associated stone for Taurus and Libra.
Rose Quartz compliments Taurus by lowering stress and tension in matters of the heart. Rose Quartz helps to resolve negative emotions like anger or jealousy. For the laid-back but occasionally headstrong Taurus, Rose Quartz encourages emotional realignment.
As an air sign, Libra operates in social and mental realms. Rose Quartz invokes an understanding of emotions, both personally and interpersonally. Rose Quartz reminds Libra to sharpen the intellect, particularly in strengthening emotional intelligence. This brings mental clarity to make solid judgments, increasing certainty and confidence in Libra.