Quartz comes in every shade of the rainbow. Many of these varieties are considered “essential crystals” or “beginner crystals” in the modern metaphysical world. While some colors of Quartz, like purple Amethyst, have long historical traditions, others like pink Rose Quartz or green Prasiolite were barely mentioned prior to the last few decades. This is partially because their primary deposits weren’t found until relatively recently and also because these semi-precious gems don’t have the same monetary value as their more expensive cousins. During the 20th century, the metaphysical properties of each shade of Quartz was explored by crystal intuitives who wrote down their impressions in modern lapidaries. Rose Quartz underwent the greatest transformation, going from a barely known pink mineral to one of the most important healing crystal of our time.
Quartz has been used to make jewelry and other objects since long before the dawn of history. For example, archaeologists excavating Neolithic sites in Iraq discovered Rose Quartz beads which date back to c.7000BCE. Were these beads an ornament for beauty and status? Or did the beads act as a talisman with spiritual powers? It’s impossible to know, since whoever wore them did so five millennia before writing was invented. During ancient and medieval times, there were references to pink, green, blue and yellow gems, but it’s difficult to know exactly which mineral was being referenced. Does a “pink gem” automatically signify Rose Quartz or could it just as easily be a reference to Morganite, Thulite or pink Tourmaline?
Julie Abouzelof is the owner of Moonrise Crystals and an advocate for responsibly sourced gems and minerals. Her first career was in education teaching history, geology and anthropology, as well as working with special-needs students. She is now a heart-centered entrepreneur who encourages mindfulness and positive action to heal ourselves and the world. Julie lives in Hawaii with her lover and a little parrot named Darwin.