Rose quartz is one of those gemstones that are very popular with stone collectors and lithotherapy specialists. The hue of the quartz is mainly due to the presence of metal oxides, manganese, titanium and microinclusions of dumortierite. Rose quartz is a transparent to opaque stone, its brilliance is white and glassy, and its crystal system is trigonal. Rose quartz has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, and has a constant density of 2.65.
The color of rose quartz comes in a wide range of shades ranging from pale pink to dark pink. Peach or orange reflections can be observed depending on the type and density of the metals and inclusions that make up the stone. The most precious pink quartzes have the rare characteristic of presenting, once cut into cabochons, white lines that cross in a sort of asterisk of 6-12 branches. This stone is called "starry rose quartz".
The most notable deposits of rose quartz, which produce stones of the highest quality, are found mainly in Brazil, more precisely in the Minais Gerais field, in the United States, in the state of Albany, in Tanzania and in Madagascar.
History of rose quartz
Rose quartz wasn't always called that. In ancient times the stone was recognized with various names such as Bohemian ruby, Ancona ruby or Silesian ruby. The stone was known in almost all the great civilizations of antiquity. According to archaeological findings, statuettes, statuettes, jewelry and even rose quartz utensils, dating back more than 6000 years BC, have been discovered in Mesopotamia. For the ancient Egyptians, rose quartz was the stone of Isis, sister and wife of the god Osiris and major goddess of the pantheon of this great civilization.
In several ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, rose quartz has been associated with the deities of love: Aphrodite and Venus respectively for the Greeks and Romans, Astarte for the Phoenicians, Turan for the Etruscans ... Greek mythology will attribute the genesis of the stone to the unfortunate loves of Aphrodite and Adonis. Rose quartz would be the fruit of the mixed and crystallized blood of the goddess and the mortal. Later, on the mysterious American continent, one of the famous 13 crystal skulls, discovered between Guatemala and Honduras, was allegedly made of rose quartz. According to Mayan legend, this skull, combined with the other 12, would reveal great secrets of the universe.
Virtue of rose quartz
Rose quartz is a special stone, due to its soft and calm action, both for the body and for the mind. On a physical level, rose quartz is said to have benefits in calming and regulating breathing. Used judiciously, the stone could regulate endocrine imbalances. Bringer of harmony and balance, rose quartz confers these benefits to the heart and arteries, promotes good blood circulation and helps in the elimination of toxins. Lithotherapy attributes to the healing virtues of rose quartz to accelerate the healing of wounds, abrasions and burns of the skin.
On a spiritual level, rose quartz is considered the stone of peace, love and feelings of tenderness. On the emotional and psychic level, rose quartz helps to overcome negative emotional states and to find inner peace. Stone of serenity and peace of mind, rose quartz helps to recover from love crises and soothe heart pains.
Wearing rose quartz as a piece of jewelry or a pendant could boost self-esteem and calm anxieties. This last feature makes it a stone that promotes a peaceful and restful sleep.
On a karmic level, rose quartz makes the mind more permeable to spirituality. Its action is conducive to the heart chakra, which fills with positive feelings of love and empathy.
Rose quartz is a stone suitable for the astrological signs of Aries, Taurus, Libra and Scorpio.
To purify the rose quartz, it is recommended to soak the stone for several hours (for some people for half a day) in salt water. To recharge the rose quartz, it is above all necessary to avoid direct exposure to the sun and to favor the lunar rays that make the stone gently regain its power.