Rose quartz is one of the most popular semi-precious gemstones today. It is known as the Love Stone and has been connected with matters of the heart in many different cultures for centuries. It is the birthstone for January and the zodiac stone of Taurus (21st April to 21st May).
How and where rose quartz is formed
Rose quartz is a fair, gentle pink crystal made from silicon dioxide and is one of the most common varieties of the quartz family. It has a hazy, semi-transparent opacity with plenty of beautiful inclusions within in. Rose quartz only forms in masses and does not have any crystal faces, edges or terminations unlike crystal quartz or amethyst, which are also found in the quartz family.
Rose quartz is formed when hot magma pushes up silicon and titanium through empty spaces and weak points in the earth’s crust. As the magma gets closer to the surface it starts to cool and get trapped in the earth’s crust. Here the silicon mixes with oxygen, which creates quartz. It is trace amounts of titanium, iron, and manganese in the cooling period that gives the quartz a rosy pink appearance, making it rose quartz.
Rose quartz comes in a range of pink tones, but is most commonly found as a pale, cotton candy pink. It can vary from a very pale pink (almost clear) to a deeper, dark pink. The more titanium, iron and manganese that is present, the deeper the colour.
Rose quartz is commercially mined in Brazil but is commonly formed underground around the world in locations such as Madagascar, Namibia, South-Africa, India, Japan and the USA. Most of the rose quartz used in my jewellery hails from Brazil.
Brazil, where most Rose Quartz comes from
Rose quartz properties and uses
Rose Quartz is your go to crystal for all matters of the heart. It has a very high feminine energy that opens the heart chakra and helps enhance love in every situation.
Rose quartz has been used to help with love and beauty as early as 600 B.C. It has been prized by ancient cultures for its powers of physical beautification. The ancient Egyptians and Romans used it as a beauty product as it was thought to slow down the aging process and clear complexions. Ancient Egyptian tombs have been discovered containing Rose Quartz face marks.
As a crystal packed full of feminine energy connected to the heart charka, rose quartz helps with self-love, aids in attracting new love, intimacy and romance, and helps you feel more connected with lovers, family, and friends.
It is full of very strong vibrations that help you feel more connected to the heart of the earth and universe, teaching you to learn to love yourself, your family, friends and lovers.
By wearing rose quartz or having the crystal around you it’s loving energies help soothe and lower stress, bringing love, warmth, joy and compassion to everyday situations.
How to use Rose Quartz in meditation
Meditating with Rose Quartz will release gentle energies that balance emotions, help you understand relationships, see the good within yourself and others, and give you the guidance to help with personal relationships.