Rose Quartz

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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.

Rose Quartz Polished
Rose Quartz Classification
Common Name Rose Quartz
Species Quartz
Rose Quartz Optical Properties
Transparency Semitransparent - Translucent
Dispersion Strength: None
Refractive Index 1.544-1.553
Birefringence 0.009
Optic Character Uniaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert to weak purple
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism Dichroic, unobservable or weak, varying shades of body color
Rose Quartz Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 7
Streak White
Specific Gravity 2.640-2.690 Range:0.03/-0.02 Typical:2.660
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
Rose Quartz Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name silicon dioxide (aka silica)
Chemical Formula SiO2
Crystal System Trigonal
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Rose Quartz Colors

  • Pink Rose Quartz Pink

Countries of Origin

Tanzania, United Republic Of; Mozambique; Cambodia; Unknown; China; Ireland; Brazil; South Africa; Madagascar; Nigeria

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.