Pink variety of the quartz mineral species.
Colour: Pale pure pink through to mid rosy pink. Stones show a characteristic cloudy translucence due to microscopic inclusions of aligned silicate mineral fibres that are also responsible for the rosy hue.
Geological occurrences: India, Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa
Crystallography: Rose quartz forms in large masses rather than prismatic crystals as it typical for other macro quartz varieties. Crystals do occur in a couple of small deposits and are extremely rare. These crystals are called ‘pink quartz’ and are owe their colour to a different mechanism.
Internal observations: The fibrous colouring inclusions, when aligned at 120 to one another, can produce an asterism (6-pointed star) when cut into domed shapes. Crystals can show a banding of white and pink areas due to large-scale healed fractures caused by geological movement. Healed fractures often show iridescence (rainbows) on their surfaces. Colour is often patchy and can show banding of white and pink colours.
Crystal care: Rose quartz can fade in direct sunlight, so keep off windowsills or any area that has sun shining too brightly.
MOH's Hardness 7
Whilst rose quartz isn't a 'soft' stone it is still prone to scratching and surface dulling over time if not handled with care.
General crystal care here
Love, Self-esteem, Gratitude, Kindness
This legendary love stone is for manifesting love, kindness and gratitude towards yourself and others.
A mineral to activate the heart chakra, rose quartz acts by opening your heart to all of the loving vibes; new love, self-love, romantic love and friendship. The nurturing and soothing nature of rose quartz can enable you to heal old emotional wounds by creating a safe space to express unreleased emotions, anger and resentment to transform heavy negative energy into light, loving vibrations. Rose quartz can give you strength to forgive and feel compassion.
Uses: A stone for deep inner healing, incorporate this crystal into your self love rituals, whether that be a bath, meditation or sleep, keep this stone close by to let your heart’s pulse glow.
Keep rose quartz on you as a constant reminder of the unconditional love you have for yourself.
A stone of unconditional love, rose quartz works by opening your heart to all types of love, including self love, romantic love, love of the community, friends, family, and everything on Earth. Place over your heart during meditation or anytime you wish to 'feel' love or experience deep inner healing of your heart and to let go of anger and resentment.