Rose Quartz

What is Rose Quartz?

Rose Quartz is a variety of crystalline quartz with pink to rose-red hues. It has associations with love and compassion. Major deposits are found in Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, and the United States.

How is Rose Quartz Formed?

Silicon Dioxide (SiO₂)

The fundamental building block of pink amethyst, silicon dioxide, makes up the majority of the crystal. This compound is what gives quartz its hardness and durability.

Trace Elements

The mineral owes its colour to trace elements like titanium and iron.

History

Rose quartz has been used as a love token as early as 600 B.C. and was believed by the Romans and Egyptians to possess magical powers.

Greek Mythology

Rose quartz was created when the god Adonis was attacked by Ares (the god of war), who was disguised as a boar. Aphrodite, in her rush to save Adonis, cut herself on a briar bush. Their mingled blood stained white quartz pink, symbolising eternal love.

Geological Formation

Rose quartz forms primarily in large pegmatite bodies, which are coarse-grained granitic deposits.

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