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ROSE QUARTZ

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.

DELICATE COLOR

The deepest colors often occur in large sizes; small specimens with good color are rare.

TRANSLUCENCE

Microscopic mineral inclusions give this pastel gem a cloudy translucence.

SIX-POINTED STAR

When rose quartz contains small, well oriented inclusions, it can sometimes show asterism.

FACTS

  • 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

QUALITY FACTORS

The following factors combine to determine rose quartz value.

COLOR

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Rose quartz comes in a range of delicate shades, from very light to medium-dark pink.

CLARITY

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Rose quartz owes its cloudy translucence to microscopic mineral inclusions.

CUT

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Transparent material is usually faceted; translucent material is cabochon-cut or carved.

CARAT WEIGHT

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Gem size makes a difference: Large gems generally show the most intense pink shades.

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