Place: South Africa, USA, Brazil, Japan, India, Madagascar
Colour variations: Pink
Birthstone of: Taurus
Brief history and geological characteristics: Rose Quartz comes from the family of popular quartz stones (like citrine-yellow, amethyst-purple and others), which could be called a grandfather of all gemstones. It usually occurs in massive form, though it sometimes grows in clusters of small prismatic crystals. It varies in clarity from opaque to translucent to a foggy transparency. Rose Quartz is also called Pink Quartz or Hyaline Quartz, from the Greek hyalos, meaning glass. The name Quartz also comes from the greek word krustallos, meaning ice as it was thought that Quartz was ice formed by gods. In antiquity, Rose Quartz was referred to as “Bohemian Ruby” or “Silesian Ruby”. The Egyptians and Romans believed that Rose Quartz helped to clear the complexion and prevent wrinkles. It was also a stone honoured by the Tibetan and Oriental cultures, and continues to be one of the major carving stones of China.
Spiritual and healing energy: Rose quartz is generally a stone of love in all aspects and levels. It promotes not only tenderness and sensuality, but also brings us deeper ability of opening heart and of unconditional love to ourselves and to the others. Rose Quartz can also heal the pain from breakups as well as serve as a powerful aphrodisiac stimulating sensual imagination. It is also a calming and reassuring crystal, excellent for use in trauma or crisis, including the emotional upheaval of mid-life crisis. It strengthens empathy, sensitivity, aids to accept necessary changes and can comfort grief. On physical level, it supports our heart and clears all the body liquids. It might help in healing burned skin and generally it clarifies the skin.