Rose Quartz | Gemopedia

Rose quartz is the pink variety of quartz. Rarely transparent, facet grade gems will usually display a beautiful misty appearance. This gem can be found in large sizes, and is often carved into ornaments and figurines.
Colors
Pale To Deep Rose Pink

Rose Quartz Classification

Common Name

Rose Quartz

Species

Quartz

Variety

Rose Quartz

Colors

Pale To Deep Rose Pink

Alternate Names

Gemstone Groups

Key Separations

refractive index, birefringence, specific gravity and possibly fluorescence.

Comments

Rose quartz is the common variety name for semitransparent quartz with a predominantly pink color caused by dumortiertite inclusions. Rose quartz can also come in a more Translucent variety, often cut in cabochons, and may also show chatoyancy.

Rose Quartz Optical Properties

Transparency

Semitransparent - Translucent

Refractive Index

1.544-1.553
Tolerance:very constant

Birefringence

0.009-0.009

Optic Character

Uniaxial

Optic Sign

Positive

Polariscope Reaction

Doubly Refractive (DR)

Fluorescence

SWUV: Inert to weak purple
LWUV: Inert

CCF Reaction

Pleochroism

Dichroic, unobservable or weak, varying shades of body color

Dispersion

Strength: none

Comments

Rose Quartz Chemistry & Crystallography

Chemical Name

silicon dioxide (aka silica)

Chemical Formula

SiO2

Synthesis

Crystal System

Trigonal

Classification

Silicate

Nature

Natural

Crystallinity

Crystalline

Comments

Rose Quartz Characteristic Physical Properties

Hardness

7

Streak

White

Specific Gravity

2.64-2.69 Range:0.03/-0.02 Typical:2.66

Toughness

Good

Inclusions

Rose quartz will often have fractures, liquid and two-phase inclusions and will often have a cloudy appearance.

Luster

Vitreous

Stability

Good

Fracture

Conchoidal, Uneven

Cleavage

None

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