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Rose Quartz

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

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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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Buyer's Guide

This lovely pastel gem often has internal fractures that give it a cloudy translucence, so it’s generally cut into beads and cabochons. Its finest quality is highly transparent and usually faceted.


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What To Look For

Deep pink shades are very popular for rose quartz, but they’re rare in small sizes. This gem displays noticeable color zoning.

Rose quartz gets its name from its delicate pink color. Gems with even color are the most desirable.

This faceted rose quartz displays a superb transparency that is unusual for this gem. - © GIA

Microscopic fractures can give rose quartz a translucent appearance.

This intriguing piece, called “Emptiness in a Circle,” was inspired by Shel Silverstein's children’s book, “The Missing Piece.” It features wood, rose quartz, imperial topaz, and 18K gold. It can be worn as either a pendant or a brooch. - Photo by Don Mengason, © GIA, gift of Maria Lucia Barbosa.

The delicate color of rose quartz can be intensified by cutting gems in larger sizes.

The impressive size of this museum-quality star rose quartz can be seen by comparing it to the hand that holds it.  It’s part of the gem collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. – Eric Welch
Carat Weight

Rose quartz is found in a wide range of sizes, including very large crystals and cut gems.

Rose Quartz Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide