Rose Quartz

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Rose Quartz

Physical PropertiesCrystal System: Hexagonal-RhombohedralHardness: 7Streak: White Cleavage: NoneDensity (specific gravity): 2.65Luster: Vitreous

Rose Quartz

Chemical PropertiesChemical Elements: Silicon, oxygen, (Titanium, Gold, or Iron).Chemical Formula: SiO2Found in igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

Unique FeaturesRose Quartz is the only type of quartz not found in crystal form.It is the second most common mineral.The color is photosensitive and can fade when exposed to the sun. It makes up about 12% of the Earth's crust.

Where is it found?The main source of rose quartz is Brazil. It may also be found in India, Germany, Switzerland, Madagascar. It is found in the United States in Maine, South Dakota and California.

Gemstone HistoryRose quartz was seen as a symbol for love and beauty. Greeks thought Eros created it after seeing the suffering caused by anger hoping that it would arouse love and desire among people. Many believed it was helpful in love, friendship, and compassion towards others. Jewelry of the stone are found in Iraq dating back to 7000 BC. These were made and crafted by the Assyrians. The Romans used them for signs of ownership and considered it to be a healing stone. The Egyptians believed it would stop aging.

Gemstone FormationAs pressure increases in Earth, magma is forced upward towards the surface picking up a variety of minerals as it moves. As it rises, it loses heat and cools which causes elements and minerals to purify and bond together. Silicon and oxygen mix to form a quartz crystal. If titanium is introduced, it will form with the silicon and oxygen and create an impurity in the quartz crystal which causes its rosey red colored appearance.

Unconventional UsesThe crystal is said to balance emotions giving peace to the mind and enhance one’s sensitivity to the world. It is also said to calm behavior while increasing confidence, as well as enhancing compassion and forgiveness. Some believe the stone aids in the functioning of organs, increase fertility and even act as a barrier to radiation. Some people even believed that the stone could help with weight problems.

Conventional UsesRose quartz can be used as a gemstone in jewelry. It can also be used in ornaments and religious objects. It is the second wedding anniversary gemstone. It can also be used for the January birthstone., and Hershal Friedman. "The Gemstone Rose Quartz." The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom. Ed. Hershal Friedman., 1997. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. . Gold Arts Jewlery. "The Gemstone Rose Quartz." Minerals'n'More. Ed. Gold ArtsJewlery., 2012. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. .


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