Rose quartz is a semitransparent to translucent pink quartz. It is often found tumbled or fashioned into beads or cabochons for jewelry. It was once believed that the color was due to trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese in the material. New research has revealed that the color can be attributed to microscopic inclusions of a fibrous rose-colored mineral closely related to dumortierite.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Semitransparent - Translucent
Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
SWUV: Inert to weak purple
Dichroic, unobservable or weak, varying shades of body color
2.640-2.690 Range:0.03/-0.02 Typical:2.660
Rose quartz will often have fractures, liquid and two-phase inclusions and will often have a cloudy appearance.
silicon dioxide (aka silica)
Rose Quartz Colors
Countries of Origin
Tanzania, United Republic Of; Mozambique; Cambodia; Unknown; China; Ireland; Brazil; South Africa; Madagascar; Nigeria
Normal care unless dyed. If dyed avoid heat, temperature changes, steaming, chemicals, ultrasonic cleaners, and repolishing.