Fun Facts About January's Birthstone Rose Quartz


Rose quartz, also known as pink, is the January birthstone. It is a stone of the heart, a crystal of unconditional love, tied to the heart chakra.

You'll find rose quartz almost everywhere - in jewelry, decor and knickknacks. But do you know the history of this stone? What makes it so special? Why is it associated with love and friendship? And why is it called pink quartz?

We'll answer these questions and give you some fun facts about rose quartz. So come on - let's dig in!

 

  • Rose quartz is the January birthstone and the traditional wedding gift for 2nd anniversaries.
  • According to the tradition,  Cancer signs benefits from rose quartz and pearl, Virgo from rose quartz and jasper, Pisces rose quartz, aquamarine, and amethyst, and finally, Taurus' magic stones are amethyst and rose quartz.
  • Rose quartz is a type of quartz, which is the most abundant and one of the hardest minerals on the planet. Only rare minerals, such as diamonds, are harder than quartz.
  • Natural rose quartz stones are opaque to translucent with a pink to rose-red hue.
  • The color in rose quartz crystals is the result of several impurities including titanium, manganese and iron.
  • Although rose quartz gems are usually too cloudy for use as a cut gemstone, a few exceptional pieces are found with enough clarity and color to make fine gems. Most rose quartz gemstones become cabochons where the clarity is not as important as the color.
  • Rose quartz crystal has many names. It's also known as hyaline quartz, which comes from the Greek word hyalos meaning glass.
  • Rose quartz stones are found in countries such as the USA, Madagascar, Namibia, Japan, India, South Africa and Brazil. Although, most of the world’s supply of rose quartz gemstones comes from Brazil.
  • Rose quartz is very popular, representing 12% of the lithosphere, which is a part of the Earth's crust, located near the upper part of the mantel.
  • Natural rose quartz is rarely found as a crystal and is far more common in massive form.
  • Naturally, rose quartz crystals are associated with the fourth chakra, otherwise known as the heart chakra. Thus, rose quartz gems embody gentle and melodious energy, assisting the wearer in becoming loving and living life from the heart.
  • One way to verify if a rose quartz crystal is authentic is by checking the stone for cracks where the pink color is darker. This indicates that the stone is artificially dyed and thus faux.

 

We hope you have enjoyed our fun facts about rose quartz and learned some new things in the process! What are your thoughts about rose quartz? Do you have any favorite uses for it or interesting facts that we didn't include? Let us know via email.