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Rose quartz

Rose quartz is a quartz variety that gets its name from its delicate pink colour.

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Microscopic mineral inclusions are responsible for the gem's mysterious haziness.

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While rose quartz is often cabochon-cut, it’s also popular in faceted styles.

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Pastel shades

The delicate pastel pinks of rose quartz have a romantic appeal.

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Intergrown crystals caused this rough’s massive, non-crystalline, form.

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Rose quartz is commonly translucent rather than transparent.

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This enormous rose quartz rough weighs 206.80 grams (over 1000 carats)!

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About Rose Quartz

Microscopic, fibrous mineral inclusions can cause a cloudy appearance, even in fine-quality faceted rose quartz. - Robert Weldon

The colour of rose quartz ranges from very light pink (almost white) to medium-dark pink. The most appealing colour typically occurs in larger sizes; small rose quartz specimens with good colour tend to be scarce. Rose quartz is usually found in massive form, so well-shaped crystals are highly prized.

Rose Quartz Description

Rose Quartz History and Lore

Birthstones & Anniversaries

Rose quartz has been recognised as the gem that commemorates the fifth wedding anniversary.

Delicate colour

The deepest colours often occur in large sizes; small specimens with good colour are rare.


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.


  • Mineral: Quartz
    Chemical composition


There are a number of processes used to alter the colour or apparent clarity, or to improve the durability of gems.

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Some gemstones have synthetic counterparts that have essentially the same chemical, physical and optical properties, but are grown by man in a laboratory.

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Any gem can be imitated – sometimes by man-made materials or by natural materials chosen by man to impersonate a particular gem.

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Why We Love This Gemstone


The most appealing colour typically occurs in larger sizes. Small specimens generally display lighter shades of pink.


When rose quartz contains numerous small inclusions, it can show a cat’s-eye or the more common star effect.


Rose quartz has been popular with gem carvers for producing figurines and other small decorative objects.

Quality Factors

The following factors combine to determine rose quartz value.


quality factors

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


quality factors

Rose quartz owes its cloudy translucence to microscopic mineral inclusions.


quality factors

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

Carat Weight

quality factors

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

Rose Quartz Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide


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