Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a very lovely member of the quartz mineral family. It is often found in rock and mineral shops in its natural, crystal form, and has a long history of being made into a variety of jewelry items. It is often cut into animal and fish figurines, and one version with a "cat's eye" is very much prized in fine jewelry. The pink to rose color is said to be caused by traces of iron and manganese. The mineral is found mainly in Brazil, although minable quantities are also found in some parts of the United States.

The use of this mineral in jewelry goes back thousands of years, and beads and obelisks made from rose quartz have been found in Sumarian archeological excavations dating back 7,000 years.

Because of it's unique color, rose quartz is said to have therapeutic effect for healing emotional conditions, especially "affairs of the heart". For this reason, amulets designed to protect the wearer from emotional harm are very popular. Rose quartz also has a Mohs hardness of 7, making it suitable for jewelry.

Used often as a birthstone for the month of January, rose quartz minerals are found in a number of locations, including India, Madagascar, Germany, and in the U.S.A. The best types of rose quartz, however, are found in Brazil.

Some types of rose quartz have needle-like spikes inside them, which are referred to as rutile needles. Due to the mineral's often "cloudy" appearance (due to the rutile needles) rose quartz is often made into beads, obelisks, and figurines.

Natural crystals for rose quartz are often found in mineral shops, while rose quartz are found in jewelry stores, as well as in accessory fashion boutiques. They can also be found on the internet.