Known as the Stone of Unconditional Love and Heart Stone, rose quartz in jewelry brings gentle feminine energy that attracts love, romance, imagination, and creativity.
However, even if you’re not a believer in the crystals’ healing properties and mystical powers, you can’t deny the aesthetic beauty of this stone, creating fascinating jewelry from head to toe, from earrings to anklets.
In this article, we’ll dive deeper into different rose quartz qualities, its meaning, as well as the gorgeous jewelry it makes.
- Different Qualities of Rose Quartz
- What Is Rose Quartz?
- Rose Quartz Treatment
- Rose Quartz in Jewelry
- How to Care for Rose Quartz Jewelry?
- To Wrap Up
Different Qualities of Rose Quartz
Rose quartz ring by Maya Studio. See it here.
Thanks to its romantic pink hues, rose quartz is a traditional 2nd and 5th wedding anniversary stone. It’s also a secondary birthstone for January.
This pink beauty is found in abundance in many locations worldwide, such as Brazil, India, Madagascar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and South Dakota in the USA. Raw and uncut rose quartz crystals rarely occur in the smooth and well-formed crystal shape but rather as an uneven and clustered quartz.
What Is Rose Quartz?
Rose quartz is a pink variety of quartz minerals. It’s common and abundant and occurs naturally as a massive crystal cluster, lacking sharp and clean recognizable crystalline shape and transparency.
Due to its abundance and naturally rough shape, rose quartz is generally an inexpensive gemstone. However, there are a few exceptions of raw pink quartz that were sold for an extraordinarily high price.
One of these exceptions is known as La Madonna Rosa, discovered in Brazil in the 1950s, which was sold for $550,000. This specimen consisted of the smoky quartz cluster in the center, enclosed by a halo of vivid pink quartz cluster. The piece was about 20 cm wide and 40 cm tall.
Rose Quartz Hardness and Durability
Rose quartz measures seven on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it a fairly tough and durable gem, perfect for various types of jewelry. Its structure is clean and cleavage-free, making it split- and chipping- resistant.
However, some rose quartz specimens on the market can be prone to conchoidal fracture, meaning they can break, creating a smooth and curved surface that is slightly concave.
Rose quartz is also sensitive to light, losing its color and luster if exposed to UV rays for an extended period of time.
Rose Quartz Color
Rose quartz in rose gold filled setting by Anemone Unique. See it here.
The color of rose quartz ranges from a very light, barely detectable pink, through the medium-dark to the deep and rich pink shades. Its beautiful pink hue is attributed to the traces of iron, titanium, and manganese.
Rose Quartz Clarity
The rose quartz’s pink hue occurs due to the microscopic needle-like inclusions of other trace elements. While giving it a nice shade, these inclusions are also responsible for the stone’s translucent and milky appearance.
Therefore, rose quartz rarely occurs as a transparent and clear crystal. Transparent quartz with vivid pink color can sometimes happen in nature due to irradiation or late-stage mineralization. However, the color and transparency induced in this way are usually unstable and can fade if exposed to light.
Rose Quartz Cut
Smooth heart-shaped rose quartz pendant by Stardust Gift Shop. See it here.
Translucent and opaque rose quartz is usually cut into beads and cabochons. Since it often contains a dense network of fine line inclusions, the cabochon-cut crystals can display a beautiful and sought-after asterism effect, with six or more star rays. A well-cut stone will have vivid pink color and a well-centered and distinct star.
The rare transparent rose quartz is usually faceted, forming a stunning diamond-like gem. Its transparent variation is very scarce and can only be found in Madagascar. Madagascar rose quartz can sometimes display an unusual but phenomenal effect, called the Tyndall scattering. It happens when some particles of the gem reflect the light that appears blue from some angles.
Rose Quartz Treatment
The rose quartz found in the jewelry and gem marketplace today is most commonly natural. There’s no incentive to produce synthetic rose quartz since it’s highly abundant and affordable.
However, some varieties are treated to intensify their color. This is done by adding aluminum and phosphorus to the crystal’s atom lattice through gamma radiation. Some researchers suggest this color-treated quartz should be named pink quartz because it has different physical properties and gets its color through different processes.
Pink quartz also referred to as euhedral pink quartz, sometimes occurs through natural irradiation, and forms regular crystal shapes with well-formed and clean faces and displays better transparency.
Rose Quartz in Jewelry
If you’re a fan of colored gems and you love pink, rose quartz gemstone is something you should definitely add to your jewelry collection. This fascinating jewel is perfect for everyday wear, but it can also add a little bit of oomph and accent to an elegant evening dress or any night-out outfit.
Rose quartz is truly one of the unique and classic pink gems, and since it’s fairly durable, it can be crafted into various jewelry pieces, including earrings, rings, necklaces, pins, pendants, brooches, bracelets, and many more.
Rose Quartz Rings
This gem’s soft pink color looks gorgeous when combined with different metals. Rose gold will nicely complement it and give the piece a classic and sophisticated look, as in this statement ring with emerald-cut rose quartz surrounded by diamonds. To show off your playful nature, you can pair your rose quartz with other gemstones. This rose gold cocktail ring with rose and smoky quartz achieves just that.
Rose Quartz Earrings
Rose quartz and yellow gold make a magnificent color combination as well, where the warm metal color brings out the beauty of the stone. Spice up your style with a pair of rose quartz drop earrings with a vintage twist, or go for a more en vogue and minimalist look with these Raw Rose Quartz Prong Stud Earrings.
Rose Quartz Necklaces, Bracelets, and Pendants
For a more modern and eye-catching effect, mix rose quartz with cooler colored metals, such as silver and white gold. This Rose Quartz Pendant Necklace with a genuine gemstone in a classic boho style will certainly brighten up your day and give a little zing to any outfit.
To flaunt your eclectic style, you can wear a number of different necklaces or bracelets and mix and match different colors, textures, and stones. This Amethyst and Rose Quartz Crystal Beaded Bracelet is a perfect example of how you can stack up your rose quartz jewelry.
How to Care for Rose Quartz Jewelry?
Rose quartz is a fairly durable and strong gem, making it an ideal choice for any type of jewelry. However, with rings, there’s always that risk of hitting the piece against a hard surface, resulting in its fracturing or scratching. To make your rose quartz rings more secure and safe, choose those that are bezel set.
It’s best to keep the jewelry made of the stunning pink quartz away from sunlight and wear it only on special evening occasions to preserve its color and luster.
When cleaning your rose quartz jewelry, be it rings, bracelets, or pendants, always be gentle and use only mild soaps and warm water and remove any dirt with a soft cloth or brush.
To Wrap Up
With its pink powder-puff color and milky translucency, rose quartz is unquestionably a delicate, elegant, and feminine stone, making any piece of jewelry unique. It can nicely complement any style and outfit, from every day and casual to more sophisticated and formal.
Unleash your imagination and creativity and pair up your pink gem with different metals and other colored gemstones, diamonds, and pearls. It can also be a perfect gift for your loved ones, showing your unconditional love and affection with its beautiful pink hues.