Rose quartz is a quartz variety that gets its name from its delicate pink color.
ABOUT ROSE QUARTZ
The color of rose quartz ranges from very light pink (almost white) to medium-dark pink. The most appealing color typically occurs in larger sizes; small rose quartz specimens with good color tend to be scarce. Rose quartz is usually found in massive form, so well-shaped crystals are highly prized.
BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES
Rose quartz has been recognized as the gem that commemorates the fifth wedding anniversary.
The deepest colors often occur in large sizes; small specimens with good color are rare.
Microscopic mineral inclusions give this pastel gem a cloudy translucence.
When rose quartz contains small, well oriented inclusions, it can sometimes show asterism.
- Mineral: Quartz
- Chemical composition: SiO2
- Color: Very light pink to medium-dark pink
- Refractive index: 1.544 to 1.553
- Specific gravity: 2.66 (+0.03/-0.02)
- Mohs hardness: 7
The following factors combine to determine rose quartz value.
Rose quartz comes in a range of delicate shades, from very light to medium-dark pink.
Rose quartz owes its cloudy translucence to microscopic mineral inclusions.
Transparent material is usually faceted; translucent material is cabochon-cut or carved.
Gem size makes a difference: Large gems generally show the most intense pink shades.