11.1" Polished Rose Quartz Obelisk - Madagascar

This is a large piece of rose quartz that has been shaped and polished into an obelisk/tower. The base is cut flat so that it displays nicely on a hard surface.

Rose quartz is a type of quartz which exhibits a pale pink to rose red hue. It is found in large masses and never forms individual crystals like many other varieties of quartz. While rose quartz can be found many places throughout the world the best commercially available material comes from Madagascar and Brazil. It is frequently polished and used for decorative purposes.

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 or smoky quartz. An x-ray diffraction study in 1987 showed that it was due to neither of these but 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 an unidentified or unnamed mineral that is closely related to dumortierite. These fibers make up up only about 0.05% - 0.15% of the overall weight of rose quartz.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Quartz var. Rose Quartz
LOCATION
Madagascar
SIZE
11.1" tall, 3.8" wide
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#169975