Birthstone: January alternative birthstone
Meaning: Love and Compassion
What is Rose Quartz?
Rose quartz, also known as Hyaline Quartz, is the name used for pink specimens of the quartz mineral. The pink colour is thought to be caused by impurities such as titanium, iron or manganese. Most rose quartz crystals are mined in Brazil but it can be found in other places such as Arkansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Maine, Arizona, Virginia, New York, Scotland, England, Canada, Mexico and Australia.
Usually too cloudy to be cut into gemstones (although occasionally found in gem quality), most Rose Quartz is cut into cabochons, beads, or shaped into crystal points.
It is thought that rose quartz was used in jewellery by the Assyrians as early as 800 BC
What is the Meaning of Rose Quartz?
Known as a stone of love, rose quartz is believed to encourage love, compassion and harmony. It is believed to not only be helpful in attracting love, but also encourages friendship, romance, kindness and compassion for others. Rose quartz is also considered soothing and supportive. It is said to combat insomnia and stress, as well as offering comfort and support to the broken-hearted.
How to Care For Rose Quartz
Over time, Rose Quartz crystals are prone to fading and are best kept away from prolonged sunlight.They are also prone to crack or chip rather easily and should be worn and stored with care.