ROSE QUARTZ, the pink variety of quartz

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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
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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.
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Rose Quartz Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Basira Ring
A 5mm, round-cut center stone is held in a bold, braided setting. It makes for a brilliant display of your favorite precious metal and gem.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
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$225.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & Black Onyx - Sabrina Ring
A brilliant center gemstone is accentuated by the femininity of a delicate gem-set band in this enchanting ring. The center stone is available in a range of sizes.Only $425.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & Black Onyx - Sabrina Ring
$425.00
Gemvara
Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace - Emerald-Cut Solitaire Pendant
A beautiful emerald-cut stone stands alone in this alluring pendant, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoEmerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace - Emerald-Cut Solitaire Pendant
$210.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz 14K White Gold Promise Ring - Cynthia Ring
Pure perfection. Elegant tapering lines and a arched profile distinguish this sophisticated take on the classic solitaire. The setting tapers so that the ring can be worn with a band if desired.Only $445.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz 14K White Gold Promise Ring - Cynthia Ring
$445.00
Gemvara
Clear Quartz Lollipop Necklace - Ippolita - Clear quartz
IppolitaClear Quartz Lollipop NecklaceHighlightsClear quartz stations make an elegant contrast against shiny rose gold.From the Ippolita Rose Collection.Sterling silver mixed with a precious alloy of 18-karat gold and plated with 18-karat rose gold...Only $895.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoClear Quartz Lollipop Necklace - Ippolita - Clear quartz
$895.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Rose Quartz 14K White Gold Engagement 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 $445.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz 14K White Gold Engagement Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
$445.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Amethyst - Trios Ring
A classic favorite, the graceful and sleek movement of this three-stone ring uplifts a round brilliant gem center supported by smaller pear-shaped stones. While the design embodies a past-present-future message, it is the now you will enjoy most in...Only $390.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Amethyst - Trios Ring
$390.00
Gemvara
Danielle Earrings, Rose Quartz - Kendra Scott - Light pink
Kendra ScottDanielle Earrings, Rose QuartzDetailsWe are not afraid to be cliche and say that less is more when it comes to these Kendra Scott earrings. An unfettered shape and simple, smooth rose quartz create the ideal complement to embellished...Only $60.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoDanielle Earrings, Rose Quartz - Kendra Scott - Light pink
$60.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal & Black Onyx - Isabella Ring
This inspired design has a delicate wave of bezel-set gemstones curving on opposite sides of the center gemstone.Only $370.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal & Black Onyx - Isabella Ring
$370.00
Gemvara
Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal & Pink Sapphire - 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 $420.00 at Gemvara
no photoEmerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal & Pink Sapphire - Vela Ring
$420.00
Gemvara
ROX by Alexa Genuine Rose Quartz Necklace, Womens
A feminine and timeless style is yours with this sweet rose quartz strand necklace, whether you pair it with a casual look or party dress. Metal: Gold-tone metal and brassStones: Genuine rose quartzClosure: Lobster claspLength: 18in brass...Only $39.00 at jcpenney
no photoROX by Alexa Genuine Rose Quartz Necklace, Womens
$39.00
jcpenney
Rose & Quartz Station Necklace, 37"L - Ippolita - Rose
IppolitaRose & Quartz Station Necklace, 37inLDetailsWith warm rose gold and bright clear quartz, this by-the-yard necklace offers Ippolita distinction to all your favorite ensembles.From the Ippolita Rose Collection.Sterling silver mixed with a...Only $650.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoRose & Quartz Station Necklace, 37"L - Ippolita - Rose
$650.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Tanzanite & Amethyst - Morgan Ring
For maximum brilliance, the center gem of this timeless style has a cascade of gems on each side.Only $430.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Tanzanite & Amethyst - Morgan Ring
$430.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Aquamarine - Hurricane Ring
This graceful three-stone ring design with three round brilliant gemstones has curves that embrace the gems in an unusually elegant way.Only $370.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Aquamarine - Hurricane Ring
$370.00
Gemvara
Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal - Blaze Ring
Three dramatic emerald-cut gems capture the light and the eyes of everyone in the room. This classic three-stone style has timeless elegance.Only $450.00 at Gemvara
no photoEmerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal - Blaze Ring
$450.00
Gemvara
 


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