Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on the earth, and yet there is nothing quite like the beauty and wonder that surrounds it. Subtle in its hue, rose quartz has been used for thousands of years by humans all over the world for its believed metaphysical properties and for its lovely appearance. Rose quartz is also a favorite in various pieces of jewelry and objet d’art because of its enchanting pastel shade. Join us as we delve into the creation, lore and history of rose quartz.
Quartz is made of silicone dioxide but the magnificent pink color of rose quartz comes from the presence of iron and titanium impurities. Not only can rose quartz be shaped into cabochons, gemstone and beads, it has the ability to produce a star effect or asterism at times. The presence of rutile in the stone along with light being passed through it allow for the magnificent shape to be seen! This phenomena is rare and is highly coveted. It can also occasionally be found in sapphires and rubies.
Beads of rose quartz have been found in Mesopotamia dating back all the way to 7000 BC leading us to believe that the stone was used in early jewelry design. Similarly, rose quartz has been found in excavations along the Nile River. Ancient Egyptians used rose quartz as a beauty tool, and remnants have even been unearthed in tombs. Masks of the pink stone were thought to have prevented wrinkles and clear the skin. Legend says that the Egyptian Goddess Isis used rose quartz herself.
Rose quartz beads dating back to 7000 BC have also been found in the area once known as Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq). Rose quartz jewelry was known to be crafted by the Assyrians around 800-600 BC. The Assyrians, along with the Romans, might have been the first to use this stone.
People in the earliest recorded times believed in the magical powers and benefits of rose quartz. Ancient Roman, Egyptian and Greek civilizations used quartz crystals as potent talismans. The Romans used rose quartz as a seal to signify ownership, and Egyptians believed the stone could prevent aging.
Today, most of the highest quality rose quartz comes from Brazil. However, it can also be found in India, Germany, Madagascar and even Custer, South Dakota!
Not only is rose quartz versatile and beautiful to look at, but it is widely known as the appropriate gift for commemorating a 5th wedding anniversary. A rose quartz necklace, ring or pair of earrings is a romantic gift that any woman would love! It is also the alternative birthstone for the month of January. Additionally, it is a popular medium for creating decorative objects. Animals, figures, spheres, statues, obelisks and pyramids are popular shapes for rose quartz to be carved into.
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