The Gemstone Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz is the rosy pink
variety of Quartz. Its color is usually soft, ranging from very
light pink to medium pink in intensity. It is often hazy or turbid, which makes it lack good transparency. Rose Quartz is fairly common and found in many places throughout the world, and can occur in very large examples in nature. This allows exceedingly large gemstones to be cut from it. The relative abundance of Rose Quartz, and its frequent lack of full transparency, diminish its importance as a pink gemstone in relation to other pink gemstones such as and Topaz, Tourmaline, and Kunzite.
Rose Quartz is a very affordable gemstone. Due to its often hazy color and frequent flaw
s, it is more often tumbled
or used as beads over faceting
into gemstone cuts. A deeper pink color in Rose Quartz makes it less common and more desirable, though certain forms of Rose Quartz may fade upon repeated
prolonged exposure to strong lighting. Asterism
in Rose Quartz, in the form of a six-ray star, does occur but is rare.
Rose Quartz is a minor pink gemstone. It sometimes cut as cabochon
s or hearts, and is often tumbled
or made into beads for use in bracelets, necklaces, and as costume jewelery. Large spheres and carvings are also cut from Rose Quartz.
Treatments & Enhancements
Rose Quartz gemstones are generally colored naturally and not treated.
Rose Quartz Sources
The chief source of Rose
Quartz is Brazil, though it is also prevalent in Madagascar, South Africa, Mozambique, India, and the United States (Maine and South Dakota).
Rose Quartz is similar to Kunzite
, but is often cloudier and lacks the dichroism
present on Kunzite. Pink Tourmaline
, pink Topaz
and pink Spinel
are generally more intensely colored and with greater transparency.
Rose Quartz in the Rough Photos