About Rose Quartz

About Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is a type of massive quartz where the individual crystals are rarely defined. On rare occasion a small deposit of rose quartz is found where the crystals are well defined and easily made out but that is the exception to the rule. 

Rose quartz is pink because of tiny microscopic threads of another mineral, similar the the blue quartz, dumortierite. 

"Pink nanofibers were extracted from rose quartz from 29 different pegmatitic and massive vein localities throughout the world. Their width varied from 0.1 to 0.5 µm. On the basis of optical absorption spectra of the fibers and the initial rose quartz, we conclude that these nanofibrous inclusions are the cause of coloration of massive rose quartz worldwide. These fibers do not occur in the rare, euhedral variety of pink quartz. Redox and heating experiments showed that the pink color of the fibers is due to Fe-Ti intervalence charge transfer that produces an optical absorption band at 500 nm. Based on the XRD patterns and characteristics of pleochroism, the best match for these inclusions is dumortierite. However, FTIR and Raman spectra consistently did not exactly match the standard dumortierite patterns, suggesting that this fibrous nano-phase may not be dumortierite itself, but rather a closely related material." - http://www.its.caltech.edu/~chima/publications/2001_AM_rose_quartz.pdf

Rose quartz is known as the stone of love and can be an excellent gift for a loved one or a personal talisman as a reminder to love yourself. 

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