ROSE QUARTZ, the pink variety of quartz

  Like: Share:  

VARIETY INFORMATION:

  • VARIETY OF: Quartz , SiO 2 , Silicon Dioxide.
  • USES: Gemstone and ornamental stone.
  • COLOR: various shades of pink to a rosy-red.
  • INDEX OF REFRACTION: 1.544-1.553
  • BIREFRINGENCE: 0.009
  • HARDNESS: 7
  • CLEAVAGE: none
  • CRYSTAL SYSTEM: trigonal
  • SPECIMENS
    For Rose Quartz Jewelry, see --> ROSE QUARTZ JEWELRY

Rose quartz is one of the most desirable varieties of quartz. The pink to rose red color is completely unique, unlike any other pink mineral species. The color is caused by iron and titanium impurities.

Rose quartz is used as an ornamental stone and as a gemstone. It is also an alternate birthstone for the month of January. Rose quartz is associated with emotional balance and forgiveness.

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 spheres, pyramids, obelisks, figurines and ornate statues.

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 quality rose quartz comes from Brazil.

Brazil is also the only current source of true well-formed crystals of rose quartz. Rose quartz was once 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.

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.

Rose quartz is only one of several quartz varieties. Other varieties that form macroscopic (large enough to see) crystals are as follows:

  • Amethyst is the purple gemstone variety.
  • Citrine is a yellow to orange gemstone variety that is rare in nature but is often created by heating Amethyst.
  • Milky Quartz is the cloudy white variety.
  • Prasiolite is the leek-green variety.
  • Rock crystal is the clear variety that is also used as a gemstone.
  • Smoky quartz is the brown to gray variety.
Amethyst Galleries sells natural mineral specimens, including precious metals and gemstones. For Fine Jewelry, please visit our affiliates.
Rose Quartz Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Round Rose Quartz 14K Yellow Gold Necklace - Round-Cut Solitaire Pendant
A beautiful round-cut stone stands alone in this alluring pendant, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $430.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz 14K Yellow Gold Necklace - Round-Cut Solitaire Pendant
$430.00
Gemvara
14K Rose Gold Bracelet with Smoky Quartz - Gemstones By The Yard Star Of David Bracelet
A layerable essential, handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals, featuring a Star of David in pave-set gemstones. Adjustable 7-7.5 chain."Only $505.00 at Gemvara
no photo14K Rose Gold Bracelet with Smoky Quartz - Gemstones By The Yard Star Of David Bracelet
$505.00
Gemvara
Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Rock Crystal & Black Onyx - Vela Ring
A glittering band of 1.5mm accent stones perfectly complements this 9mm emerald-cut, crowning beauty, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $445.00 at Gemvara
no photoEmerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Rock Crystal & Black Onyx - Vela Ring
$445.00
Gemvara
Checkerboard Cushion Pavilion Rose Quartz 18K White Gold Earrings - Pure Cushion Medium Earrings
From our Pure Collection, two 12mm checkerboard cushion gems dance and catch the light. Optional diamond lever backs add just the right amount of extra sparkle. The Pure Collection has appeared on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards as well as the Spring...Only $670.00 at Gemvara
no photoCheckerboard Cushion Pavilion Rose Quartz 18K White Gold Earrings - Pure Cushion Medium Earrings
$670.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Amethyst - Eda Ring
A stunning, 6mm round-cut center stone is flanked by two, 4mm accent stones. This contemporary knot design is a brilliant display of your favorite precious metal and gems.Only $280.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Amethyst - Eda Ring
$280.00
Gemvara
Marquise Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Earrings with Red Garnet - Marquise Essential Earrings
Every woman needs our essential earrings in her jewelry wardrobe. A stunning marquise-shape gem drops below the ear in this sophisticated update of the classic stud earring. These tailored earrings are as wearable as studs but are also glamorous enough...Only $425.00 at Gemvara
no photoMarquise Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Earrings with Red Garnet - Marquise Essential Earrings
$425.00
Gemvara
Pear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine & Fire Opal - Catherine Ring
This stunning pear-shaped ring will flatter your finger. It's elegant tapering gem is so distinctive, it transforms this classic style into something beautifully distinctive.Only $450.00 at Gemvara
no photoPear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine & Fire Opal - Catherine Ring
$450.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Earrings with Iolite & Black Onyx - Halo Earrings
Classic yet dazzling, a halo of gemstone surrounds the center gems in a blaze of brilliance. These earrings are so perfectly simple you'll never take them off.Only $485.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Earrings with Iolite & Black Onyx - Halo Earrings
$485.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Palladium Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
Less is more in this sleek solitaire ring with round brilliant-cut center. Delicate, feminine and simply stylish, this ring is perfect worn alone or stacked. Different stone sizes and band widths are available.Only $415.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Palladium Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
$415.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring - Everlasting Knot Ring
Dual infinity symbols unite around a vibrant gemstone in this stylish ring that is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $240.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring - Everlasting Knot Ring
$240.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & London Blue Topaz - Posy Ring
Six brilliant petals surround a center gem in this pretty posy ring from Gemvara Essentials.Only $445.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & London Blue Topaz - Posy Ring
$445.00
Gemvara
Pear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace with Tanzanite - Pear-Cut Solitaire Pendant with Accent
A beautiful pear-cut stone is enhanced by a small, 2mm accent stone in this alluring pendant, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $250.00 at Gemvara
no photoPear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace with Tanzanite - Pear-Cut Solitaire Pendant with Accent
$250.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring - Katarina Ring
A 6mm round-cut center stone is made all the more stunning by the intricate curves flanking this contemporary setting. Choose your gem and metal.Only $235.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring - Katarina Ring
$235.00
Gemvara
Pear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & Aquamarine - Catherine Ring
This stunning pear-shaped ring will flatter your finger. It's elegant tapering gem is so distinctive, it transforms this classic style into something beautifully distinctive.Only $450.00 at Gemvara
no photoPear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & Aquamarine - Catherine Ring
$450.00
Gemvara
Rose Quartz, 17.00ct t.w. Lemon Quartz Drop Earrings, .14ct t.w. Diamonds
Fresh pastels in clean bezels: these earrings drop 17.00 ct. t.w. lemon quartz and .14 ct. t.w. diamonds atop large, faceted rose quartz pear-shapes. Leverback, 14kt yellow gold earrings.Only $450.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRose Quartz, 17.00ct t.w. Lemon Quartz Drop Earrings, .14ct t.w. Diamonds
$450.00
Ross-Simons
 


Copyright ©1995-2012 by Amethyst Galleries, Inc.
Site design & programming by galleries.com web services