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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Sterling Silver Earrings with Rose Quartz - Pure Double Earrings
From our Pure Collection, this doubly-perfect design features a large checkerboard cushion-cut gem and a smaller round gem. Optional diamond lever backs add just the right amount of extra sparkle. The Pure Collection has appeared on the red carpet at...Only $685.00 at Gemvara
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Round Smoky Quartz 14K Rose Gold Necklace with Emerald - Daisy Pendant
This sunlit daisy pendant boasts small petals surrounding your gemstones of choice; a subtle and fun accent to any ensemble.Only $810.00 at Gemvara
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring - Calligraphy Ring
Like kisses and a hug, the brushstrokes of this ring design form X's surrounding a round brilliant gem O.Only $260.00 at Gemvara
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring - Calligraphy Ring
Like kisses and a hug, the brushstrokes of this ring design form X's surrounding a round brilliant gem O.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver 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 $455.00 at Gemvara
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$455.00
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace with White Sapphire - Queen Trio Pendant
A sparkling 5mm center stone is accompanied by a pair of 4mm side stones in this beautiful pendant, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $410.00 at Gemvara
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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
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$250.00
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring - Double Clover Ring
Simple and stunning, the Clover Ring features a round, prong-set stone encircled by two layers of clover leaves. It is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $375.00 at Gemvara
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$375.00
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Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver 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
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Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring - Julianne Ring
This gorgeous emerald-cut gemstone held by double claw prongs will be the talk of any cocktail party.Only $300.00 at Gemvara
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$300.00
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Sterling Silver Ring with Rose Quartz - Caitlin Ring
The Triqueta, the Celtic symbol for the Trinity, has many meanings. Its elegant symmetry adds rich symbolism to this ring design with a dramatic marquise-cut gem that catches the light.Only $265.00 at Gemvara
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$265.00
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Pear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Black Onyx & Rhodolite Garnet - 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 $445.00 at Gemvara
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Round Rose Quartz 14K Rose Gold Earrings with Rhodolite Garnet & 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 $650.00 at Gemvara
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with Amethyst & White Sapphire - Mia Ring
Classic but contemporary too. A sleek seam of gems adds brilliance to the elegantly rounded design of this ring.Only $390.00 at Gemvara
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$390.00
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver 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 $365.00 at Gemvara
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