Published May 2014  •  Updated October 2022  •  Read Time: 8 minutes
Rose Quartz is the quintessential modern healing crystal.  This pink crystal evokes unconditional love and compassion and asks us to use that energy to bless absolutely everything and everyone.  While other famous healing crystals like Amethyst and Ruby have histories for healing that stretch back thousands of years, Rose Quartz was largely unknown until the 20th century.  It is mainly found in the tip of Africa and in Brazil.  In the past few decades its popularity has risen to the very top and no crystal collection is complete without one.  Any love spell or healing grid will benefit from its sweet and inviting energy.

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Rose Quartz Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Rose Quartz awakens unconditional love and compassion inside us and asks us to use that energy to bless the world. It encourages us to ask the hard questions and to realize the simple answer. Who deserves our love? Who deserves mercy? Who deserves kindness, dignity and goodwill? All of us. Yes, all of us. This kindness is not only for other people; everyone of us, including YOU, are part of all of us. Rose Quartz asks us to cherish and uplift all beings. It has a warm and bright energy that acts like a hug and a smile, and gives us a feeling of deep contentment and bright possibility. When held during prayer or meditation Rose Quartz dissolves boundaries, allowing us to more fully embrace divine union and Nirvana. Its energy resonates with the profound teachings of heart-centered spiritual masters, such as Jesus Christ, Kwan Yin, and Amma.

Metaphysical Properties Rose Quartz
Chakra Heart
Element Water
Numerology 7
Zodiac Taurus and Libra

Emotional Healing Properties

Rose Quartz is the quintessential stone for all things related to love – including self love, romantic love, family and platonic love, as well as community and global love. If you need a love stone for any purpose under the sun, Rose Quartz will gladly assist you. It gleefully helps us to attract new people to love and encourages us to welcome newcomers into our lives. Rose Quartz happily teaches us how to nurture our existing relationships. It shows us that when we love people unconditionally, we allow them to breath deeply and to let their true selves come out to play. With love, all things become possible. If our hearts have been broken, this gem wraps us up in a cocoon of love and allows us to work through our emotions at our own speed. It asks us to believe that eventually love will find us again. It whispers into our heart that the past is the past, our future has delicious adventures still in store. Rose Quartz celebrates every time our heart is brave and generous. It encourages us to continually GIVE love joyfully and wisely and to continually receive LOVE with grace and delight.

Mental Healing Properties

Rose Quartz sings of forgiveness and compassion. It can help us to intellectually understand where another person is coming from and why a situation has occurred. With this understanding, we can then truly accept “what is” and know what to do next. Rose Quartz encourages us to respond to injustice with clear communication and nonviolent protests. But if violence erupts, Rose Quartz pushes to look beyond the violence and into the aching heart that is reacting from fear and anger. Rose Quartz reminds us that it is a relatively easy thing to love those who are similar to us, who behave the way we wish and whom we already love. It is a far greater challenge to love the stranger, the enemy and anyone who provokes fear or anger in our own heart. But what else are we here for, if not to learn how to love and to become a force of goodness and Light? Sometimes the lessons will be sweet and sometimes the lessons will be challenging. But the answer to all lessons is the same – Love. Rose Quartz shows us that the Highest Good is always served by acting out of real love, which may manifest as self-love or as love for another.

Physical Healing Properties

Rose Quartz loving energy makes it a perfect stone for people in the middle stages of life when there are often many demands on our time and energy. Rose Quartz encourages couples to come together in love and desire, making it a potent fertility talisman. But, if there are fertility complications, it reminds us that our goal is to have someone to love, rather than insisting it has to happen in a certain way or at a certain time. If children are born with disabilities, Rose Quartz helps us re-arrange our thoughts about what raising children should look like. It reminds us that LOVE is what matters, and all the rest is just details. It is also a sweet talisman if we are caring for elderly relatives, particularly those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. It helps us to stay patient and to do what is best for our loved ones. Whether we are caring for a newborn or those at the end of life, Rose Quartz helps us to be gentle and kind. For ourselves, Rose Quartz reminds us to take good care of our own body, including beauty regiments to keep our skin, teeth and hair healthy. It is also an excellent talisman for heart health.

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Rose Quartz Mineralogy

Where does Rose Quartz come from?

Rose Quartz is a very popular stone, but is only mined in a few locations.  Most of the high quality Rose Quartz comes from Madagascar.  Rose Quartz is also found in Afghanistan, Brazil, Czech Republic, Namibia, Germany, Portugal, and the United States (Maine and South Dakota).

Mining and Treatments

Rose Quartz is  found in its primary location still associated with its igneous rock matrix. There are artisanal pit-mines that focus on Rose Quartz.  It can also be found in underground veins in mines that are exploiting other minerals.

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Mineral Family

Rose Quartz is a Silicate mineral.  Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedra – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a silicon atom in the center and oxygen atoms at each of the three corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form a wide variety of minerals and rocks.  There are six main groups of silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar.  The Quartz family has two main main groups, macr0-crystalline and micro-crystalline.  The macro-crystalline minerals form large well-shaped crystals that are often transparent, while the micro-crystalline only form microscopic crystals and are always opaque.  Rose Quartz is the pink variety.

Rose Quartz’s energy works well with its family – other macrocrystalline Quartz minerals.  Try it in combination with Amethyst, Ametrine, CitrineClear QuartzPrasiolite, and Smoky Quartz.

Rose Quartz Formation and Crystal Associates

Quartz crystals are created when liquid magma from a volcanic eruption cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, silica acid bubbles shift from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound. The bubble becomes a hollow space in the igneous rock and the silica acid becomes Quartz crystals.  Once the Quartz has formed, a large hollow is often called a “druze,” while a smaller hollow is a “geode.”  These druze and geodes can be removed from the host rock and then split open to revel the crystals inside.

If no trace elements are present to change its color, the silica acid becomes Clear Quartz.  If trace minerals are present, then the color changes.  Rose Quartz’s color can be caused by iron, manganese or titanium.

Rose Quartz’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Amazonite, Black Tourmaline, Muscovite, and Yellow Fluorite

Mineralogy Rose Quartz
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color Pink
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Prismatic
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7
Luminescence Pale yellow, white, or blue (short and long wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 2.7
Streak White
Transparency Translucent to opaque

History of Rose Quartz

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?