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ROSE QUARTZ
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Nature of Material: quartz is a mineral species; hexagonal (trigonal) Crystal system; chemical composition SiO2 
 
Appearance: Transparent to opaque nearly an colors; also see following entries on Amethyst, Citrine, and Tiger’s-Eye 

Phenomena: iridescence, asterism, Aventurescence; also see Tiger-'s-Eye for chatoyant varieties
 
Variety and Trade Names
ROCK CRYSTAL - transparent colorless 
SMOKY QUARTZ OR CAIRNGORM - transparent light to dark brown; sometimes nearly opaque black (called Marion).
ROSE QUARTZ- semitransparent to translucent pink, often very light in tone.
AVENTURINE QUARTZ - translucent to opaque quartzite showing glittery reflections (aventurescence) from included crystals of another mineral; most aventurine quartz seen in jewelry is green, although it also occurs in gray. and yellow to brown colors 
RUTILATED QUARTZ - see Sagenitic quartz 
SAGENITIC QUARTZ (sometimes called Sagenitic) - general term referring to transparent quartz (usually rock crystal) containing eye-visible needle-like inclusions, such as golden rutile, or dark tourmaline or actinolite needles; often specified according to the type of inclusions contained – rutilated quartz, Tourmalinated quartz, for example; fanciful desig-nations like Cupid's darts, fleches d'amour, Venus hair stone, Thetis hair stone, and cat's-fur quartz were also applied to Sagenitic quartz.
GREEN QUARTZ- Praseolite, or "greened amethyst" - transparent green to yellowish green; usually produced by heat treatment (see Enhancements below), though a few natural occurrences of this variety have been found 
TOURMALINATED QUARTZ - see Sagenitic quartz 
CHINESE EMERALD - green dyed rock crystal (QUARTZ).

Misnomers 
Herkimer diamond, Arizona diamond, Arkansas diamond, Alaska diamond, Cornish diamond, etc. 
Rock crystal smoky topaz, burnt topaz, Scotch topaz - smoky quartz California lapis - Dumortierite quartz 
Moonstone - semitransparent milky quartz 
Indian jade - green aventurine quartz


Typical Size Range: 1 - 20 ct; faceted stones over 1000 ct are known 
Typical Cutting Styles: faceted, cabochons, carvings, depending on the variety.
 
 
 
Identification
Optic Character: DR uniaxial positive or AGG (depending on variety)
Refractive Index: 1.544-1.553 (very constant) 
Birefringence: .009 (may not be detectable in aggregate varieties) 
Dispersion: .013 
Specific Gravity: 2.66 (+ .03. -.02) 
Polish Luster: vitreous 
Fracture: conchoidal to uneven or granular (in aggregates) 
Luster: vitreous 
Cleavage: none 
Hardness: 7 
Toughness: good 

Identifying Characteristics

color zoning, twinning, liquid, 2-phase, and 3-phase inclusions, negative crystals, may show bull's-eye or Airy's spiral optic figure. Sagenitic quartz - prominent needle-like inclusions star quartz - contains many tiny inclusions and may have a foil backing to enhance color and star Aventurine quartz - flake or platelet inclusions that cause the aventurescence Dumortierite quartz - strongly pleochroic blue dumortierite inclusions.
 

Availability: Plentiful to scarce, depending on the variety; quartz is the most common mineral species in the earth's crust. Public Recognition: rock crystal, rose quartz - familiar; smoky quartz - familiar, but frequently confused with topaz; others - unfamiliar. 
 
 
 
Birthstone Designation
Birthstone Designation(s): rock crystal - Monday smoky - November, 1:00 am 

Major Source: Brazil. Others: Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, US, USSR 
Recommended Disclosures: Advice when treated or treatment is a possibility.
 
 
 
The Meaning Of Rose Quartz

ROSE QUARTZ - The stone of universal love Taurus and Libra stone.


Metaphysical Properties: This is a stone of warmth and love, as it heals emotional wounds and pain with it's gentle calming salve. Opens the heart to the beauty within and all around us, and will begin its healing by reducing resentments. As Amethyst is to the Spirit, so Rose Quartz is to the Heart. Self-Acceptance, Self Love, and Personal Worth.

Enhances all forms of love: self love, mother love, caring, kindness, platonic and romantic love. 
Kindness: Opens our hearts and encourages us to be tender, peaceful and gentle. Teaches forgiveness and tolerance. 
Attracts: Emanates unconditional love and nurturance and helps us attract positive, gentle, non-judgmental love into our lives. 
Color: Translucent Pink Physical Believed to prevent wrinkles and encourage a beautiful complexion
 
 
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