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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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Amethyst & Sapphire - Mia Ring
Classic but contemporary too. A sleek seam of gems adds brilliance to the elegantly rounded design of this ring.Only $420.00 at Gemvara
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$420.00
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Rose Quartz Rose Gold Cone Bracelet - Eddie Borgo - Rose
Eddie BorgoRose Quartz Rose Gold Cone BraceletDetailsSignature spiked Eddie Borgo bracelet.Single row of 10 polished rose quartz cones.14-karat rose gold-plated brass.7 1/2inL.Box clasp.Made in USA.Designer About Eddie Borgo:Fusing high-end luxe and...Only $325.00 at Neiman Marcus
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$325.00
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Rose Smoky Quartz Station Necklace, 18"L - Ippolita - Rose gold
IppolitaRose Smoky Quartz Station Necklace, 18inLDetailsAll at once timely and timeless, this warm rose gold Ippolita necklace-detailed with smoldering smoky quartz-elevates any look with contemporary appeal and a classic elegance.Sterling silver mixed...Only $550.00 at Neiman Marcus
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$550.00
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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
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$39.00
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement 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 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 $420.00 at Gemvara
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$420.00
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Rose Quartz and Rock Crystal Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
Our perfectly plush and oh-so-posh earrings drop luminous rose quartz ovals topped with cushion-cut rock crystals. Detailed with rope-textured bezels. Post/clutch, 14kt yellow gold earrings.Only $295.00 at Ross-Simons
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$295.00
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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
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$305.00
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Emerald-Cut Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement Ring with Black Onyx & White Sapphire - 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 $400.00 at Gemvara
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$400.00
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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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$685.00
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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
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$895.00
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Pear Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Engagement 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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$445.00
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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 $435.00 at Gemvara
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$435.00
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Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring - Rose and Thorn Ring
Wild roses inspired this leafy ring. Elegant thorns surround the sparkling center gem in a stylish celebration of the natural world.Only $255.00 at Gemvara
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$255.00
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Rose Clear Quartz Station Necklace, 18"L - Ippolita - Rose
IppolitaRose Clear Quartz Station Necklace, 18inLDetailsAll at once timely and timeless, this warm rose gold Ippolita necklace-detailed with bright clear quartz-elevates any look with contemporary appeal and a classic elegance.Sterling silver mixed...Only $550.00 at Neiman Marcus
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