Rose quartz can be found in Namibia, Madagascar, India, Germany and several places in the USA, but most of the world’s supply of rose quartz comes from Brazil.
Quartz (silicon dioxide) is one of the most abundant, yet the most varied mineral on Earth, forming the basis for many types of semi-precious stones including agate, onyx, and tigereye. Macrocrystalline (large crystal) quartz appears in a variety of semi-transparent colors. Amethyst is purple, citrine is orange to yellow, rose quartz is pink to reddish pink, smoky quartz is gray to brown, milky quartz is cloudy white, and rock crystal is clear quartz. Quartz occurs in hydrothermal veins, and large pockets of quartz are known as cathedrals.
The light pink to rose red color of rose quartz is a result of iron and titanium in the stone. It is rare to find actual crystals of rose quartz, and many crystals sold in stores are carved from solid rock. Rutilated rose quartz (rose quartz with needles of rutile, a major ore of titanium) often has a star-like appearance (asterism).
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Rose quartz is a traditional January birthstone, a talisman stone for Taurus, and the 5th wedding anniversary gemstone.
The name quartz most likely comes from the German word quarz, though it has also been attributed to the Saxon word querklufterz, meaning "cross vein ore." The word crystal comes from the Greek word “krytsallos, which means “frozen.” Ancient Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder believed quartz to be permanently frozen ice, because it was found near glaciers in the Alps. He figured out that quartz crystals can split light into a spectrum of colors. Quartz is also a type of piezoelectric crystal that creates electricity; it was used in the late 1800's in phonographs, generating electrical voltage from the mechanical movement of the stylus on the record.
Quartz crystals are probably the most widely used for healing and spirituality, and they are known to be versatile multi-purpose healing stones. Rose quartz is used to strengthen the heart and blood vessels, help eliminate toxins, improve circulation, and ease asthma. It is recommended to those quitting smoking or battling addiction, and to people with dust or odor allergies. Rose quartz is used to clear the body of fluids, reduce wrinkles, clear skin, sooth burns and blistering, relieve pain, ease coughs, and strengthen the lungs.
Quartz, in general, is utilized to help with relaxation, stress reduction, concentration, energy amplification, and blocking negativity. Used in meditation, it is used to enhance the psychic abilities and block distractions.
Rose quartz is associated with love - not just romantic love, but also self-love and self-worth, healing and clarity of heart. It is valued as a soothing stone of emotional balance, peacefulness, forgiveness, self-expression, trust, and kindness, aligning the mental, emotional, and astral bodies. It is recommended to anyone looking to dissolve resentment, recover from trauma, find self-forgiveness and self-acceptance, slow down to enjoy life, and/or open up to love.