Whether you are searching for a new relationship, deepening the existing one, learning to love yourself or simply want to bring more love into your life, Rose Quartz is the ultimate gemstone for you. This soft pink gemstone is delicate in colour but strong in presence. Its meaning is quite wonderful and healing benefits have been well known. It is named the gemstone of universal and unconditional love.
Rose Quartz Colour
Rose Quartz is the name used for pink varieties of the mineral quartz. It is one of the rarer coloured varieties however, it is not expensive as it is widely available.
The colours range from very light pink, almost white, to medium-dark pink. The pink colour is attributed to microscopic inclusions of a pink variety of the mineral dumortierite. It is usually found in massive forms. Deeper colours are mostly found in larger pieces while smaller samples show lighter colours.
The main factor in valuing this gemstone is its colour. The more saturated and richer the colour, mostly from pure to purplish pink, the more sought-after is this gemstone. These colours are hard to find with transparent clarity and generally show a milky look. It is 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness which makes it a durable gemstone for jewellery making, ornament and decorations.
Where Does it Come From?
Rose Quartz is found in abundance in many deposits throughout the world. Most of it sold today is produced in Brazil, South Africa, India and Madagascar. Other sources include Namibia, Mozambique and Sri Lanka. Usually, it is found in large quantities.
When compared to substances like marble, this blush gemstone is relatively rare but compared to other gemstones its availability is quite abundant. Quartz is the second most common mineral in the Earth's crust. It is easy to synthesise this gemstone. As it is so widely available it is most unlikely to come across a fake piece.
Rose Quartz Meaning
The most well-known meaning of Rose Quartz is its ability to enhance all kinds of love; from healing communication with family to developing a deeper bond with spouses and friends to even creating a powerful space for self-care and self-love.
This gemstone symbolises love, tenderness, compassion and kindness. Connecting to it allows you to embrace these qualities in your relationship with yourself as well as your relationships with others.
The gemstone's meaning is also greatly connected to its soothing pink colour giving a calming effect to the body and mind. The gentle energy it carries supports relationships, bringing joy, passion and contentment.
Rose Quartz Properties
The amazing Rose Quartz properties associated with all types of love led it to be named the Stone of Unconditional Love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Its properties largely see benefits in the areas of love, health and emotions.
This crystal connects to the heart chakra, the centre of love. Opening and healing your heart centre, guides you to deepen relationships and embrace kindness, compassion, tenderness and love toward yourself and those around you. Its healing properties increase the energy of unconditional love to bring your consciousness to a higher level.
The emotional healing of this gemstone comes from allowing you to let go of toxic energies and emotions while encouraging self-forgiveness and increasing self-trust and worth. Calming and reassuring, it helps to comfort in times of grief.
From physical benefits, it is worth mentioning the crystal’s anti-ageing effects. It also helps with the heart and the proper function of the circulatory system. Place the gemstone under a pillow to bring pleasant dreams. Worn on a pendant near your heart relieves stress.
History of Rose Quartz
This fascinating gemstone enjoys a rich history adorned with myths, superstitions and spiritual traditions dating back to 7000 BC. It has been found in the area once known as Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq).
People in the earliest recorded times believed in its magical powers. Ancient Romans, Egyptians and Greeks used it as a powerful talisman. The Romans used this gemstone as a seal to signify ownership. Egyptians believed it could prevent ageing. Facial masks made out of this gemstone were found in tombs. The tradition of rubbing this pink gemstone around the face in the form of a facial roller continues to this very day. Americans used the gemstone as amulets. In East Asia, it was a token of love and had been widely used in their carvings and lucky charms.
The name Rose Quartz came from the pale pink hue of its colouring and the Greek word “halos” meaning glass. It also had a rich presence in mythology. One of the legends suggests that Aphrodite’s blood-stained white quartz turned it pink. She cut herself on a thorny bush to save her love Adonis from her former lover Are’s jealous revenge act. Zeus brought Adonis back out of empathy and gave the meaning of renewed love to Rose Quartz. Another myth suggests that Cupid, the Roman god of desire and its Greek counterpart Eros, brought the gemstone to humans to spread love and hope.
Why is it Popular as a Gift?
While other gemstones get their value from scarcity, Rose Quartz is found in abundance and is usually affordable. This makes it a versatile gemstone in terms of the cuts you can choose from. Large formations have richer colours and are used for ornaments, spheres and sculptures. It is also widely used in jewellery as beads and cabochons.
When combined with its great healing properties, it is one of the most valuable and prized gemstones among jewellery owners. It is truly a perfect gift not only as an attractive gemstone but also as a message with a deeper meaning a receiver might need at a certain moment in their life.
How to Wear Rose Quartz Jewellery
Pairing with Amethyst
Gemstone Care Tips
Rose Quartz is relatively soft when compared to some other gemstones. This means that it can be prone to scratches. For that reason, you should never keep it in your jewellery box with other harder gemstones like diamonds or sapphires. You should also take care not to hit it against hard surfaces. Rose Quartz necklaces and Rose Quartz earrings are preferred jewellery types as there is less risk of damage compared to rings.
This gemstone is photosensitive, meaning that it gradually loses its colour when exposed to harsh sunlight so appropriate care should be taken when wearing and storing it.
You can effectively clean your pink gemstone with warm water and mild soap. Avoid using any jewellery cleaners and detergents to prevent damaging it.
I hope you enjoyed reading about this wonderful soothing gemstone associated with love, compassion and happiness admired since ancient times. By facilitating a loving relationship with self and others, Rose Quartz is an essential part of any self-love journey and a lovely addition to your jewellery collection.