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Rose quartz is a popular member of the quartz crystal family and is named for its color, which ranges from very pale pink to a deep rose. This variety of quartz is opaque or translucent in its natural state.
Like other members of the quartz family, rose quartz has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs Scale. In the United States, rose quartz (including the star variety) is found in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is the official state mineral.
Other important sources of the gemstone are India, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil and Madagascar.
The most appealing color typically occurs in larger sizes, and small rose quartz specimens with good color tend to be rare. Rose quartz is always found in massive form, so it lacks regular, flat crystal faces. It’s typically found in pegmatites, but also occurs in hydrothermal veins.
People in the earliest recorded times believed in the magical powers of quartz. Ancient Roman, Egyptian, and Greek civilizations used quartz crystals as potent talismans. The Romans used rose quartz as a seal to signify ownership, and Egyptians believed the stone could prevent aging.
Rose Quartz Tumbled Palm Stone