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
"14k White Gold Cluster of Genuine Rose Quartz Stone Necklace"
"An elegant 14K White gold genuine Rose quartz Stone necklace. The necklace Is made in ITALY. This Semi-Precious necklace has a fabulous simple yet sophisticated look. The necklace drop measures 1.5 and the necklace is 17 inches long."Only $619.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k White Gold Cluster of Genuine Rose Quartz Stone Necklace"
$619.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rose Quartz - Rosemary Ring
What is it like to receive a makeover from Kimora Lee Simmons? Put on this fabulous three-stone ring and you'll see! As part of her makeover on the Nate Berkus Show, Rosemary Carson received this dazzling design as a gift from Nate and Gemvara.Only $325.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Rose Quartz - Rosemary Ring
$325.00
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal & White Sapphire - Megan Ring
From every angle, this ring has elegant embellishment, with engraved patterns and gemstones set on the sides to delight the eye. Every detail has been carefully crafted. The band has an angled profile to keep the ring from rolling as you wear it.Only $425.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring with Rock Crystal & White Sapphire - Megan Ring
$425.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Ring with Rose Quartz - On the Four Front Ring
Classic with a twist, this four gem pave-set ring by Gemvara Essentials features a knife edge shank. This design is fashionable yet subtle and will become a staple in your jewelry wardrobe.Only $330.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Rose Quartz - On the Four Front Ring
$330.00
Gemvara
Eight-Stone Rose Bangle - Ippolita
IppolitaEight-Stone Rose BangleHighlightsSterling silver mixed with a precious alloy of 18-karat gold and plated with 18-karat rose gold.Eight clear quartz stations.8 1/4in circumference.Each, sold separately.Imported.About Ippolita:Ippolita has lived...Only $750.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoEight-Stone Rose Bangle - Ippolita
$750.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Adora Knot Solitaire Ring
Heavily symbolic, this ring combines edge and romance as it ties into a knotted heart on the side.Only $385.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Adora Knot Solitaire Ring
$385.00
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
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 $295.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Round-Cut Lisa Ring
$295.00
Gemvara
Oval Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Oval Trellis Solitaire Ring
A lovely filigree trellis gallery adds delicacy to this classic solitaire ring.Only $235.00 at Gemvara
no photoOval Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Oval Trellis Solitaire Ring
$235.00
Gemvara
Eight-Stone Rose Bangle - Ippolita - Rose/Smoky quartz
IppolitaEight-Stone Rose BangleDetailsFrom the Ippolita Rose Collection.Sterling silver mixed with a precious alloy of 18-karat gold and plated with 18-karat rose gold. Oval-cut smoky quartz in varying sizes.Hammered finish.8 1/4in...Only $750.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoEight-Stone Rose Bangle - Ippolita - Rose/Smoky quartz
$750.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Adrianna Ring
A classic, four-prong setting is the perfect way to display this 6mm showstopper, round-cut gem.Only $295.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring - Adrianna Ring
$295.00
Gemvara
Round Smoky Quartz 14K Rose Gold Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring with Smoky Quartz - Autumn Palace Ring
The scrolls and curves of this elegant ring are inspired by the ornate chandeliers to an elaborate palace, adorned for the debut of the season.Only $690.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Smoky Quartz 14K Rose Gold Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring with Smoky Quartz - Autumn Palace Ring
$690.00
Gemvara
Bezel-Set Multi-Stone Station Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold. 36"
Round, bezel-set stations of varying sizes create a fun, bubble-like pattern along this cable chain necklace. Featuring rose quartz, rock crystal, 24.18 ct. t.w. pink amethyst, and 3.80 ct. t.w. purple amethyst. Lobster clasp, 14kt yellow gold necklace.Only $971.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoBezel-Set Multi-Stone Station Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold. 36"
$971.25
Ross-Simons
Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with 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 $345.00 at Gemvara
no photoEmerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Black Onyx - Georgette Ring
$345.00
Gemvara
Rose Quartz, .10ct Amethyst Floral Drop Pendant Necklace. 18"
This .10 carat amethyst blooms above a rose quartz teardrop ensconced in diamond-cut wire. Suspends from rope chain with springring clasp. 14kt yellow gold necklace.Only $221.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoRose Quartz, .10ct Amethyst Floral Drop Pendant Necklace. 18"
$221.25
Ross-Simons
 


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