rose-quartz1A Guide to Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a type of gemstone and ornamental stone, one that is a particular variety of quartz. It is actually known as being one of the most desirable varieties of quartz, and this is largely due to its unique color composition, as the pink to rose-red color that rose quartz features is completely unlike any other pink mineral species. The pink to rose red color is completely unique, unlike any other pink mineral species. The color is caused by iron and titanium impurities.

What Is Quartz?

Quartz is a very common mineral. Ideally, quartz is made of silicon (Si) and oxygen (O) combined together as SiO2. Many varieties of the quartz family are found in nature. All varieties of quartz have essentially the same chemical composition and crystalline structure. The differences between quartz varieties depend on the method of formation, the grain size, and the impurities in the mineral, which give rise to varying colors and color patterns. Quartz is generally transparent to translucent . Agate is another type of quartz (refer to the State Gem-stone fact sheet).

Most quartz can be characterized by its glass-like appearance (shiny luster ), its conchoidal fracture pattern (when broken, the surface has a shape like a half clam-shell, as in a chip in a glass windshield), and its relative hardness (it will scratch glass).

Where it Comes From

There are a few major locations in the United States where rose quartz is found, however it comes primarily from Madagascar, India, Germany, and several localities in addition to the USA. Much rose quartz was extracted from a famous site near Custer, South Dakota, but now, most of the worlds supply of good quality rose quartz comes from Brazil.

What Is Rose Quartz?

As one might guess, rose quartz is light to darker rose or pinkish-colored quartz. Small amounts of the element titanium probably give rose quartz its pink color. Usually rose quartz is coarsely crystalline (meaning the crystals are quite large).

Generally, the crystals do not have external faces because of interference from other growing crystals. If rutile needles are present in the rose quartz then a star effect or asterism is sometimes seen. The star is best seen when light is viewed through the rose quartz. This is different from asterisms in most other gemstones, such as ruby and sapphire, where the stars are seen when light is shown on the gems.

In South Dakota, the color of rose quartz ranges from pale shades of pink to rose-pink to rose-red. Occasionally it has a faint purplish or lavender cast. Rose quartz from certain localities in South Dakota exhibits distinct asterism . Asterism refers to a

 If a rose quartz sample exhibits asterism , it is called star rose quartz. Usually star rose quartz can only be seen on cut and polished pieces of rose quartz. It is virtually impossible

A rayed or star-shaped figure of light on the surface of a mineral sample to recognize asterism in an unpolished specimen.

Healing Qualities

Rose quartz is one of the many stones that are believed to have spiritual and healing properties, and it is thought that it is able to help you get in touch with your inner self and become more peaceful. As well it is thought that it can allow you to communicate internally with your spirit guides, and see how they are teaching you.

Rose quartz in particular is considered as being powerful when it comes to dealing with matters of the heart, as it soothes negative influences and helps to open up the mind and heart. It helps you to deal with issues of the past, and simply by sleeping with it under your pillow or holding it close to your heart, which is its natural resting place you will find issues rising to the surface that perhaps you had forgotten about.

Purchasing Rose Quartz

If you are interested in buying this particular variety of quartz to add to your stone collection or perhaps specifically to help you deal with some sort of emotional or past issue, then there are a few options that you have. Generally you should be able to find at least a decent selection of these stones at your local gemstone or ornamental stone shop, although you do have other options as well.

Although you will usually not be able to find the actual stones on their own at the average jewelry store, you can find jewelry pieces containing the rose quartz stone, and if this interests you then one of the best options you have is Novica. They are a company whose mission is to give artists and artisans around the world a global and dignified platform to express their true artistic talents on.

They provide you, the customer, with access to those unique and hard to find pieces that you are looking for, and always want to make sure that you feel the proper attachment to the product that you are purchasing and that you understand where it came from and what uses it has.