What is Rose Quartz and its meaning? Rose quartz is a mineral quartz that has pink hues and tones. This mineral is abundant and is mined in various locations throughout the world. Rose quartz is often expressed as as anhedral mineral and they are often located in hydrothermal veins. They can also be found in pegmatites.
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Are Rose Quartz Pink in Color Only?
Why is rose quartz exists in pink color? When you look at its crystalline structure with a microscope, you will be able to see small inclusions of another mineral called dumortierite. Dumortierite is often abundant enough that the entire specimen of rose quartz looks pink from the inside out. The inclusions also allow the quartz mineral to become translucent.
Quartz is more of a transparent mineral, so rose quartz is indeed a special variation of it. Rose quartz is considered rarer than other quartz specimens that have other colors. The reason for this is rose quartz is considered a type of late stage mineralization that occurs most frequently in pockets of pegmatite.
The color of rose quartz during mineralization is thought to be unstable, so when specimens do become stable with their inner colors, that’s a rare occurrence in itself. Some people prefer calling rose quartz “pink quartz” because of the lightness of the color, or because there are rose quartz specimens that have much deeper hues. However, this is likely just the mineral expressing the possibilities of its own color spectrum, the same way that turquoise also has its special spectrum of blues and greens, with the sky blue turquoise leading this family of minerals
How is Rose Quartz Made?
After mining, rose quartz is often used by lapidary practitioners for various projects. The colors of this mineral range from the lightest pink to deep pink that has great translucence. Rose quartz is often crafted and cut to cabochons and other shapes for use in ornamental applications and jewelry.
Faceted cuts of this mineral can measure up to 8 millimetres in size to feature the warm pink throughout its translucent structure. It is said that if rose quartz is cut in a particular way that its base is perpendicular to the c-axis of the mineral, people will be able to see more clearly the “six ray star” orientation of the crystal lattice.
High quality rose quartz will feature a deep and rich pink color, and its crystalline structure will show a balanced and symmetrical six ray star. This is definitely something that you should watch out for when buying any specimen of rose quartz. One of the most common lapidary projects using rose quartz is the rose quartz heart.
Rose quartz heart is made by working a thick slab of rose quartz to create a heart outline. The heart outline is then crafted again so that both sides of the heart are raised in a smooth, three-dimensional pattern. The doming produces a cute and memorable “puffed heart” effect. This project is commonplace because even non-experienced lapidary practitioners can successfully create a puffed heartfrom rose quartz.
In locations like Namibia, mined rose quartz are tumble-polished by small lapidary practitioners. The tumble-polished rose quartz is then worked into jewelry or polished further to increase its value. Nonetheless, the resulting pebbles are attractive and are in demand globally because of the beautiful, rich pink color.
Take note that due to commonness of rose quartz, the mineral itself is not expensive at all. Rose quartz specimens that are several pounds in weight are purchased for various projects, including sculptures. Rose quartz is also sometimes used to create utility items and practical items for daily use. It’s beautiful, but affordable, so if you are looking to expand your ornamental collection at home, rose quartz is a strong option!
What is Rose Quartz’s Popular Meaning?
Rose quartz has quite a reputation because of its associations with love, intimacy, and relationships. In fact, it has been used for centuries in mystical and energy practices that involve love between two people. It is considered the perfect or ideal stone for love junkies, and if you are a hopeless romantic, you should consider getting rose quartz jewelry for yourself.
Rose quartz gems should be kept away from direct heat of the sun so as to preserve its color. This mineral can be used to attract unconditional love (any gender), and you can also use it to build compassion in yourself and others. This gemstone also has innate healing properties such as attracting genuine kindness in oneself and those around you. In short, it is a powerful harmonizing gemstone that can bring much-needed peace and love in lives that are rife with conflict.
As a defensive ward, rose quartz can also help you remove toxic negative energies from your life by allowing you to ground yourself more effectively to the earth. To those who are unfamiliar with the process of grounding, rose quartz can help you by acting as effective conduits between your body and the earth. The conduit becomes an easy pathway for excess energy and negative energies to pass through, so that you can clear your system of negativity.
Negativity comes not just from within, but most often from the people around you. So if you are surrounded by negative people, it’s likely that you are burdened by negativity even if you don’t want to be. Using rose quartz can easily improve your capacity for human compassion and at the same time, you will be shielded from harm by rose quartz’s natural healing properties.
To ensure that your rose quartz is performing at an optimal level, be sure to cleanse it at the end of each day. Cleansing a gemstone can be as easy as washing it with pure water. You can also fill a bowl with salt and place your gemstones there. The salt will take care of the impurities (the negative energies) and recharge the stone so it can work better the next day.