The most important chemical group of minerals, silicates make up about 25% of all known minerals and 40% of the most common ones. As well as being a major mineral component of the Earth, they are also significant constituents of lunar samples and meteorites. Quartz, feldspar, and mica, the predominant competent of granite, are silicates.
With a color unique among gems, rose quartz is probably the most popular of the quartz varieties. Its pink hues have adorned ornaments and jewelry for centuries. Most rose quartz is found in the cores of pegmatites. It is nearly always found in massive or lump form, crystals are extremely rare. The translucent or transparent pink variety of crystalline quartz, known as rose quartz will seldom exceed ½” in length. The cause of rose quartz’s pink tine is thought to be due to tiny impurities of manganese, titanium or iron. Care must be taken, because it is heat sensitive and can fade to gray with prolonged exposure to air or sunlight.
Like other forms of quartz, rose quartz is also prone to inclusions. Rutile needles can create asterism, but most asterisms appear when light is shown on a stone, with rose quartz the asterism is only visible when light is viewed through the stone. Most rose quartz is too cloudy to be faceted and instead is cut as a cabochon, beads or carved into a wide range of ornaments. Transparent specimens who are as pale as to almost colorless are very rare and valuable.
The Legend & Traditions
According to legend, Eros brought rose quartz to the earth in the hope that its beautiful color would arouse love and desire among people. Rose quartz is said to have traditional properties to improve sleep, stimulate blood flow and circulation; psychologically, it is said to strengthen friendships, combat lovesickness and open the mind to beautiful things. It symbolizes trust, love, peace and happiness, gentleness, and aiding the affairs of the heart and healing emotional wounds. Rose quartz is linked with the sun sign of Taurus.
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