Rose Quartz ranges in colour from a very pale pink to a rose red hue, it is mainly transparent to translucent, with a vitreous lustre. It is usually available in rough chunks or polished pieces, as it rarely forms defined crystals. Rose Quartz belongs to the macrocrystalline Quartz family, has a Mohs hardness of seven, and its colouration is due to the presence of trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese. Polished Rose Quartz often displays a chatoyancy (cat's eye) effect, or asterism (6-pointed star), that is created by included microscopic titanium crystals.
As a gemstone you will find it cut as cabochons and some of the more transparent material may be faceted. Rose quartz is also a very attractive ornamental stone and is carved into spheres, figurines and ornate statues.
Rose Quartz is often called the "Love Stone." It is a stone of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra to all forms of love and teaches the true essence of love. Its high energy gives Rose Quartz the ability to enhance love in virtually any situation. All in all, it is a very soothing and happy stone with a soft and delicate energy, inspiring feelings of love and friendship.
Rose Quartz is a nurturing stone that fosters gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, tolerance, and lowers stress. It raises your self-esteem and sense of self-worth. It helps to balance emotions and heal emotional wounds and traumas; even grief, bringing in peace and calm. Rose Quartz removes fears, resentments and anger and is said to remove negative influences such as jealousy and avarice. It can also heal and release childhood traumas, neglect and lack of love, by enhancing inner awareness. It can help with mediation and reconciliation with family and others.
Rose Quartz encourages gentle self-love and compassion with a wonderful calming influence that can also soften up any harsh energy around you. It draws off negative energy and replaces it with loving and positive vibes. It strengthens empathy and assists with the acceptance of necessary change. Overwhelming or unreasonable guilt is eased with it and it is an excellent stone for dealing with mid-life crisis. Holding Rose Quartz can remind you of your intentions and enhance your positive affirmations. This beautiful stone encourages receptivity to all kinds of beauty.
In psychic and spiritual realms, Rose Quartz is regularly used to attract love, and for love spells. It is drawn on to ease the transition process in dying. Rose Quartz can be helpful for dream recall and dream work. It is also sometimes said that Rose Quartz is helpful for supporting brain functions and increasing intellect, and is said to promote peaceful sleep and provide creative inspiration.
Rose Quartz is of benefit to the heart and the circulatory system. It eases sexual and emotional imbalance and/or dysfunction and can also improve fertility. Rose Quartz is also beneficial and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth. It will provide relief for headaches, migraines, sinus problems, throat problems, kidney disease, ear aches, and spleen problems.
It is also effective for overcoming depression and addictions, and for slowing the signs of aging, for reducing wrinkles, and maintaining your ideal weight and achieving weight loss.