Rose quartz beads dating back to 7000 BC have been found in the area once known as Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq). Rose quartz jewellery was known to be crafted by the Assyrians around 800-600 BC. The Assyrians, along with the Romans, might have been the first to use this stone.
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 ageing.
The soft blush of rose quartz endeared the gem to early civilizations. Its rosy hue continues to appeal to modern jewellery lovers. – Bart Curren, courtesy Commercial Minerals
In the Middle Ages, medical practitioners used quartz in their healing potions. Early cultures of the Americas used quartz amulets. Known as the “love stone,” it was said to balance the emotions and to heal anger and disappointment.
A quartz bead is the featured stone in this ancient Egyptian necklace. The strand consists of emerald, amethyst and gold faience (a glazed ceramic). – Robert Weldon, on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada