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Roger Weller, geology instructor
by Diane Delcourt
The Stone of Love: Rose Quartz
Rose quartz is a pale pink version of the mineral quartz. It has a hardness level of 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. It is naturally occurring, and can also be created in a lab. Its light pink color gives it a feminine and gentle touch. It is believed to be the stone of love fertility in certain religions. Its beautiful color and ancient folk lore, makes this stone a very interesting one indeed.
The origins of rose
quartz in human mythology leads back to
almost 600 BC. Greek Mythology has a story where it was believed that Adonis,
Aphrodite’s lover was attacked by Ares out of jealousy and hatred. When
Aphrodite discovered that her lover was injured she ran to help Adonis. On
the way to rescue him, Aphrodite cut herself on a thorn from a nearby briar
bush. Their blood mixing together on the pale white quartz crystals below
caused the crystals to turn pink. Another Greek legend involving rose
quartz is when Eros and Cupid brought the rose-colored stone to earth to bring
to mortals. They hoped it would cause love and happiness to flow
throughout them instead of the need to fight wars and to kill. Needless to say,
that did not work out so well.
In addition to be a part of Greek mythology, it is also plays a part in
ancient Egyptian mythology. The Egyptian god (goddess) Isis, used the
stone to maintain her natural beauty and to promote healthy fertility.
Ancient Egyptians used rose quartz masks to try to keep skin wrinkle free and to
keep a younger looking face, like women do today. Now needless to say they
skip out on putting shards of hard quartz on their faces.
The mineral that is rose quartz is very common mineral. Its abundance means that it is easily accessible to all that wish to own rose quartz. Rose quartz is so common because it can develop and form in many different parts of the world. Along with its ability to form in many different places in the world, it also occurs in very massive quantities. Rose quartz is mainly harvested in three different locations: Brazil, Madagascar, the United States, and in many parts of China. The states that you can find rose quartz in are In South Dakota, Montana, Maine, and California. In many cultures, giving your lover rose quartz, was a sign of deep love and affection. Those who received the semi-precious stone are said to have long lasting relationships and happy relationships, filled with good energy.
The mineral gets its color from the microscopic inclusion of the mineral dumortierite. The pink crystal that grow from it are the rose quartz crystals. The pink colors on the crystals can range from a very pale dusty baby pink, to a deep mauve color depending on how much time the color must mature and by how much light or heat that it’s exposed to. Rose quartz has a chemical composition of SiO2, which is, composed of silicon and oxygen atoms in a framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedra. Since the mineral itself is a silicate material, the stone is transparent. The mineral itself only has a hardness of seven on the Mohs scale of toughness. Meaning that it can scratch minerals and gyms that have a weaker toughness then a seven on the scale. Well it is tough to scratch the material; the material is able to be broken into a conchoidal fractures. Conchoidal fractures are fractures that resemble ripples in the rocks. Although rose quartz is a crystalline material, it still can experience conchoidal fractures. The stone when first harvested is rough when raw. After is tumbled in a rock tumbler, it is polished and shaped and after that it is ready to be sold or it is finished being prepared to be presented to whomever comes across it.
An interesting fact about quartz crystal, is that it allows sound frequencies to move through it. It’s can provide radio and cable stations to have very reliable frequencies move through it. It is also said that instruments made with quartz in it are very time precise, and accurate instruments. Any instruments with quartz in them will assist any musician in their quest to make music.
While quartz itself has many uses, like when it’s crushed it turn into a very highly rich in silicate sand, it is used in many glass works. These glassworks include windows, fiberglass, container glass, and even specialty glass. Along with glass work, quartz itself its used in many kinds of sand stone. This sandstone is used in many building materials and housing fixtures. When rose quartz added to granite, it has a very beautiful pink color to the mixture. While quartz has some practical uses, rose quartz is used heavily in jewelry. The pink color is very delicate, and because of this it is a popular jewelry item. It is also very popular because it is believed that a rose quartz holds a love energy inside of it. That if you hold onto a piece of rose quartz, you will be able to feel the love. Well healing with crystals is only a theory, it is one of the reasons this stone is widely purchased across the US. Even though the stone is rather hard, it is shaped into beads, pendants, earrings, and other shapes, to be sold. One of the most popular ways that rose quartz is sold, is being shaped into heart shaped stones because of its heavy reputation for being the stone of love.
Rose Quartz is a very accessible stone to acquire when you want to show your loved one you love them. Its pink color has a large range of pink colors and it can be shaped to be almost anything that a person has ever wanted. Its use in furniture, glass and other materials, make it equally practical and glamorous.