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 - Clover Ring
Simple and stunning, the Clover Ring features a round, prong-set stone encircled by a flowing metal clover. It is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $300.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Clover Ring
$300.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring - Winter Palace Ring
The scrolls and curves of this elegant ring are inspired by the ornate wrought-iron gates to a Winter palace in Europe.Only $305.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring - Winter Palace Ring
$305.00
Gemvara
Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal - Georgette Ring
A 9mm, emerald-cut center stone is enhanced by accent gems set into this dazzling band, handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $430.00 at Gemvara
no photoEmerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal - Georgette Ring
$430.00
Gemvara
Pear-Shaped Rose Quartz Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
These earrings drop pear-shaped rose quartz beads, faceted all over to flicker as they sway. Hanging length is 2". Leverback, 14kt yellow gold earrings.Only $125.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoPear-Shaped Rose Quartz Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
$125.00
Ross-Simons
Pear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Smoky Quartz - 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 Engagement Ring with Smoky Quartz - Catherine Ring
$450.00
Gemvara
Rose Quartz & Pink Chalcedony Cluster Clip-On Earrings - Stephen Dweck - Pink
Stephen DweckRose Quartz & Pink Chalcedony Cluster Clip-On EarringsDetailsRose quartz and pink chalcedony Stephen Dweck stud earrings.Signature bronze flowers allude to the designer's love of nature.Sterling silver prong settings and padded clip...Only $595.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoRose Quartz & Pink Chalcedony Cluster Clip-On Earrings - Stephen Dweck - Pink
$595.00
Neiman Marcus
Oval Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Oval-Cut Lisa Ring
This simple solitaire engagement ring is gorgeous for everyday wear and features a single oval-cut gemstone. It is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $310.00 at Gemvara
no photoOval Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Oval-Cut Lisa Ring
$310.00
Gemvara
Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Black Onyx - Georgette Ring
A 9mm, emerald-cut center stone is enhanced by accent gems set into this dazzling band, handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $385.00 at Gemvara
no photoEmerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Black Onyx - Georgette Ring
$385.00
Gemvara
Rose Quartz Hoop Drop Earrings - Devon Leigh
Devon LeighRose Quartz Hoop Drop EarringsDetailsLinked hoop-drop earrings by Devon Leigh.18-karat yellow gold plated hoops with etched finish. 24-karat yellow gold foil around rose quartz drops. 14-karat yellow gold fill wire backs.For pierced ears.2...Only $350.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoRose Quartz Hoop Drop Earrings - Devon Leigh
$350.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Round-Cut Lisa Ring
This simple solitaire engagement ring is gorgeous for everyday wear and features a single round-cut gemstone. It is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $320.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Round-Cut Lisa Ring
$320.00
Gemvara
Oval Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal - Giselle Ring
This classic, three-stone engagement ring features an 9mm oval-cut center stone and two 4mm, princess-cut accent gems held in a basket setting, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $285.00 at Gemvara
no photoOval Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal - Giselle Ring
$285.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Fiona Ring
The triqueta, the Celtic symbol for the trinity, has many meanings. Its elegant symmetry adds rich symbolism to this solitaire ring style.Only $415.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Fiona Ring
$415.00
Gemvara
10mm Caviar-Ball Star Rose Quartz Beaded Stretch Bracelet - Lagos - Star rose (10mm )
Lagos10mm Caviar-Ball Star Rose Quartz Beaded Stretch BraceletDetailsStar rose quartz beads, 10mm (2/5in).Singular sterling silver signature Lagos Caviar lattice bead.6 1/2in inner circumference (stretches to fit).Strung on stretchy cord to fit most...Only $250.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photo10mm Caviar-Ball Star Rose Quartz Beaded Stretch Bracelet - Lagos - Star rose (10mm )
$250.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace - Timeless Knot Pendant
An elegant pendant with a 5.5mm center stone, this knot is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $250.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace - Timeless Knot Pendant
$250.00
Gemvara
Pear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement 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 Engagement Ring with Rhodolite Garnet & Aquamarine - Catherine Ring
$450.00
Gemvara
 


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