Rose Quartz Overview
ShapesCut, Natural, Points, Tumbled/Polished, Clusters
How to CleansePlace Under Running Water, Place on Selenite Slab, Soak in Water, Sound Healing, Sunlight, Visualization
Helps withCompassion, kindness, unconditional love, self-love, emotional healing, peace
Usage TipCarry a small piece of rose quartz with you to bring more compassion and understanding into your personal relationships
What is Rose Quartz?
Rose Quartz History & Origin
It is said that Rose Quartz is the crystal of Venus, goddess of love and dating back to 7000 BC, Rose Quartz beads have been recorded. Romans, Egyptians, and Assyrians might have been the first to use Rose Quartz. The Egyptians believed that Rose Quartz could postpone aging while the Romans believed the crystal to be one of powers. Greek civilizations seemed to have used the crystal in this manner as Rose Quartz facial masks have been found in the tombs of ancient Egypt.
In a legend of the Egyptians, it is said that Isis utilized Rose Quartz to maintain her youth and godlike beauty. It is thought that the ancients felt Rose Quartz would prevent wrinkles and maintain an unblemished complexion.
In another Greek legend, Adonis, Aphrodite’s lover, was attacked by Ares, in the shape of a wild boar. Aphrodite, ran to assist him but was tripped up by a bush. Her blood combined with Adonis’ and together it stained the white Quartz pink. The legend further states that Cupid and Eros gifted Rose Quartz to mortals hoping it’s pink color would evoke love and passion.
Today, Rose Quartz is one of the most abundant crystals. It can be found all over the world, including in the United States. South Dakota has a large deposit of the Quartz. And Madagascar in particular mines the most Rose Quartz, often finding them in large geodes and rock formations.
Energy & Healing
Rose Quartz is tender in healing. In working with the crystal, it is common to have conditions and expectations. These may include hanging on to grudges or judging oneself. There are too many positive energies associated with the Rose Quartz that restraining its properties would just be unfair. Allow love to be unconditional in your time with the crystal.
Compassion in Rejection
Compassion is a high vibration energy that allows us to experience both self and others in a light of love. Not surprisingly, compassion is essential in healing relationships and in holding grace in your own healing. A broken heart can be debilitating and clog up your knowingness of self-worth and acceptance. When you dig out the chocolate ice cream and sad-song playlist, be sure to grab your Rose Quartz as well. That is the perfect break-up recipe! A broken heart is unavoidable, but rejection can be soothed with the healing properties of Rose Quartz.
Love and Gratitude
A healing energy, gratitude is a signal of love and gratefulness. It is cleansing in property and refreshing for the mind and spirit. Gratitude is essential in tapping into unconditional love energies so paired well with Rose Quartz. Wearing a Rose Quartz necklace close to the heart can be a beautiful way to display your crystal while working closely with the heart chakra.
Naturally, first date jitters heighten anxiety and stress in the body working up the spirit and mind in a clouded state. This energy can be easily soothed with a Rose Quartz pendant or necklace close to the heart. Maybe even pick out a heart-shaped crystal to really set the mood! Though, no matter the stage of romantic love you are in, Rose Quartz is an excellent assistant in advancing and caring for partnership.
Practice with the Rose Quartz
In practice, the Rose Quartz is best utilized in alignment with the heart chakra, meaning held close to the chest atop of your heart. Take Rose Quartz in your palm and simply feel its vibrations. Breathing in through the nose and exhaling out of the mouth slowly can help in calming your system and allowing space for connection. Invite the Rose Quartz to your space and focus on what it can do for you.
Important core beliefs to tackle while working with the Rose Quartz are feelings of not being enough or of being unworthy of love.
Some useful mantras to breathe in and out when working with Rose Quartz may include:
“I can forgive myself.”
“I allow judgement to drain away.”
Working with Dreams
Some people place the crystal under their pillow at night to invite dreams of love or to bring healing into the consciousness in awry relationships. When invited in, Rose Quartz can bring attention to relationships or inward conflict that may need healing subconsciously through dreams.
In sleeping next to a significant other, Rose Quartz can strengthen the relationship and bring awareness to romantic energies surrounding it. Through this, it may be revealed that your marriage or partnership is in need of more compassion or patience.
Rose Quartz Pairing
Pairing Rose Quartz with a Ruby is wise as the Ruby opens the heart to expressing love and compassion much like the Rose Quartz does. It has a vibrant red exterior and simply looks beautiful with the Rose Quartz. Ruby is grounding. This is key in pairing with Rose Quartz. While Rose Quartz can aid in relationships and love, it is important to have a grounding crystal at work as well…it’s easy to become pretty infatuated with love at first sight! Keep Ruby and Rose Quartz in proximity to each other for clarity in dealings with interests of love.
Garnet works in amplification of energies and is grounding. Red Garnet aids in getting rid of limiting ideas. In seeking unconditional love with the Rose Quartz, it is good to have Red Garnet to help rid the body of expectations and ideas that may be holding you back. This can be beneficial in your work within yourself and work in relationships outside of the self, too.
Geology & Science
Quartz is one of the most common, and also most varied, naturally occurring minerals. It is a silicate mineral with a chemical formula of SiO2. Rose quartz is a common pink variation—its pink color can range from very light to rich shades of pink and is caused by inclusions of pink microscopic fibers of the mineral dumortierite (Al6O3BSi3O18), an aluminum borosilicate, within quartz crystals.
Rose quartz shares many of the same physical characteristics of regular quartz. While rose quartz can sometimes develop a milky, translucent color, depending on the density of the dumortierite inclusions, it is still characterized by the vitreous—or glassy—luster that is defining of quartz. On the Mohs Hardness Scale of 1-10, quartz represents a 7, making it harder and more resistant to weathering than many common minerals.
Quartz can form in different polymorphs, either alpha quartz or beta quartz. Alpha quartz is stable at temperatures up to 573 degrees Fahrenheit and has a trigonal crystal structure with three axes of equal length with crystal faces of the same size and shape. Beta quartz is only stable at temperatures over 573 degrees Fahrenheit and forms a hexagonal crystal structure with three axes of equal length and a fourth axis, either shorter or longer, perpendicular to the other three.
If beta quartz forms, and then is cooled, it will transition to alpha quartz, but may retain physical characteristics such as its hexagonally shaped crystals. During the transition from beta to alpha quartz, it is common to see a decrease in symmetry, as well as the addition of some trigonal crystal faces in the structure. This can produce crystal shapes called bipyramidal hexagons. While all specimens and samples of quartz are technically alpha quartz, because they exist at temperatures under 573 degrees Fahrenheit at the earth’s surface, many still show characteristics of beta quartz, indicating the conditions under which they formed. In fact, hexagonal crystals are more commonly found in quartz.
These hexagonal crystals are formed by four axes, three of which are of equal length at an angle of 120 degrees to each other, and one that is either shorter or longer at an angle of ninety degrees to the others. When quartz crystals grow as hexagonal prisms with one, or both ends, often terminate in a pair of rhombohedra, which is characteristic of the transition from beta to alpha quartz. Crystals will also commonly form together in aggregates and can range in size and development from large prismatic crystals to stubby crystals.
While rose quartz will grow in a hexagonal shape, it has no cleavage and will not break into that shape. Instead, rose quartz breaks with a conchoidal fracture on smoothly curving surfaces. Because quartz is composed of very fine crystals, the actually jagged broken surface appears smooth. Rose quartz will break conchoidally when force is applied to a point and the energy of the force spreads through the quartz in the same way that seismic waves spread through the earth’s crust, leaving curved lines as a record of the energy’s travel through the crystalline structure in a process known as brittle deformation.
In some cases, known as star rose quartz, a six-rayed star can be seen in rose quartz when it is cut as a sphere. The star is actually the reflection of light off the embedded fibers in the rose quartz which intersect at angles of 60 degrees.
While rose quartz can be found in any kind of rock—igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary—it originally forms in igneous rocks when hot molten rock from deeper in the earth cools and crystalizes near the surface. Quartz is most likely to be found in igneous rocks with a high silica content including granites and rhyolites. Quartz often forms veins in other rocks as well when it is carried in aqueous solution and deposited by precipitation under significant pressure, filling in existing cracks in the rocks.
Specifically, rose quartz is often found in pegmatite formations that have formed at high temperatures. Pegmatites are igneous rocks, similar to granites, which are composed almost entirely of crystals 1cm in diameter or larger. Pegmatites form when there is a slow rate of crystallization, generally either due to slow cooling or high pressure. Specimens of rose quartz found in pegmatite formations can be particularly valuable because of their well-developed crystal prisms. It is believed that the pink dumortierite fibers found in these rose quartz crystals form by exsolution, where a solid solution phase, including both the chemical components of quartz and dumortierite, unmixes into two separate phases, crystalizing into their respective minerals.
Well-developed rose quartz specimens can also form hydrothermal veins. Instead of the general slow cooling that characterizes rose quartz crystallization in pegmatites, rose quartz can cool relatively quickly as it is carried in hydrothermal solution into cracks in existing rock to form veins. While the quartz begins to cool and solidify quickly in the vein, some of it remains in solution in the water, which becomes supersaturated with it as the water cools as well. This supersaturation form well developed, prismatic quartz crystals as it further cools.
Rose quartz is relatively abundant in naturally occurring formations, making it a semi-precious gemstone. The majority of rose quartz used as gemstone comes from Brazil, South Africa, India, and Madagascar. It can also be found in Namibia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Maine, and South Dakota. Two of the most famous and valuable specimens of rose quartz come from Minas Gerias in Brazil. La Madona Rosa is a cluster of smoky quartz crystals surrounded by rose quartz that sold for $550,000 at auction in 2013. The Van Allen Belt, named after the geophysical phenomenon of radiation belts forming around the earth’s equator, features a ring of rose quartz surrounding a large, central crystal. It is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
Trevor Nace is a graduate from Duke University with a PhD in Geology and is a co-founder of A Crystal Pendulum. Each Geology & Science section is thoroughly fact checked by Trevor and his team.
Rose Quartz should accompany you on your next date or be held close if that love ends in heartbreak. It’s a crystal that can tend to a breakup or enhance a marriage. Romance and love are key words to remember when thinking of this pink crystal. Opening your spirit to the crystal is a beautiful way to invite compassion and healing into your life as the crystal can offer forgiveness, gratitude, and, of course, love.
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