Rose quartz is a type of quartz which exhibits a pale pink to rose red hue. It is found in large masses, and unlike other varieties of quartz never forms individual crystals. Rose quartz is found in substantial quantities at numerous locations around the world, though Madagascar and Brazil are the major producers. It is frequently polished and used for decorative purposes and jewelry.
Rose quartz is evenly colored with masses ranging from pink to almost purple. The exact cause of the color was debated for years. Originally it was assumed to either be due to rutile inclusions of Titanium Dioxide within the quartz masses, or irradiated "color centers" as is the case with amethyst and smoky quartz.
An x-ray diffraction study in 1987 showed that it was due to neither of these but rather due to the inclusion of microscopic fibers which were thought to be the mineral dumortierite. Even more recent analysis using other techniques have shown the microscopic fibers are a new mineral that is closely related to dumortierite. The researchers proposed the name "dididumortierite" (Nadin, 2007) for this new mineral. These fibers make up only about 0.05% - 0.15% of the overall mass of rose quartz.
Rose quartz is formed in large veins within volcanic rocks. It forms at high temperatures deep within the earth, while most quartz forms at much lower temperatures from silicon-rich solutions.
Rose quartz forms as magma slowly migrates up through the Earth's crust and cools miles below the surface (unlike an eruption that reaches the surface). After some of the magma has crystallized into solid minerals, the fluid magma remaining near the edge of the mass tends to concentrate water, silica, oxygen, and some other elements. This magma may intrude into the surrounding and overlying rocks, spreading outward from the main mass along zones of weakness or fractures. As the molten rock in these intrusions slowly cools, rose quartz may begin to form from the silica, oxygen and other minerals present.
Is Rose Quartz The Same As Pink Quartz?
Rose quartz never forms crystals or crystal faces, it is always found in masses. There is a rare, pink variety of quartz that does form crystals known simply as "pink quartz". Despite being similar in color, rose quartz and pink quartz should be treated as different varieties of quartz due to several important differences.
The cause of their pink coloration is not the same. The color of pink quartz is due to irradiated aluminum and phosphorus in the crystal lattice.
Pink quartz is sensitive to light, while rose quartz is not.
Pink quartz and rose quartz form in different environments under different conditions.
Pink quartz forms crystals while rose quartz does not.
Is Rose Quartz The Same As Strawberry Quartz?
Strawberry quartz is the trade name from quartz colored a strawberry red color due to iron inclusions. It is a different variety of quartz as the coloration comes from a different mechanism and is also much rarer than rose quartz.
Will Rose Quartz Fade Or Change Color In Sunlight?
No, rose quartz is color stable in sunlight, unlike amethyst or smoky quartz.
Where Is Rose Quartz Found?
Rose quartz occurs in pegmatites. It is commercially mined in Madagascar, South-Africa, India, Brazil, Namibia, and South Dakota. Madagascar and Brazil are the largest producers.
Is Rose Quartz Valuable? How Much Is Rose Quartz Worth?
Rose quartz tends to be found in massive deposits so raw/rough rose quartz is typically not very valuable. In quantity it might generally sell for $2-3k a ton, maybe more for higher quality material. What is done with the rough rose quartz is what adds the value. Cutting and polishing stone is a very labor intensive process, so if you are buying cut/polished rose quartz most of what you are paying for is the labor involved with processing the raw stone into it's final form.
What Is Rose Quartz Used For?
Due to it's abundance, rose quartz is one of the most frequently encountered lapidary stones. It's often tumbled or polished into beads of cabochons for use in jewelry. Because it is a hard material, it's suitable for use in all types of jewelry. Rose quartz is found in large chunks and relatively inexpensive so it is commonly shaped into sculptures, spheres, hearts or other decorative items.
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