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Rose Quartz

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

    CommonName
    Rose Quartz
    Species
    Quartz
    Variety
    Rose Quartz
    Colors
    Pale To Deep Rose Pink
    AlternateNames
    GemstoneGroups
    KeySeparations
    refractive index, birefringence, specific gravity and possibly fluorescence.
    ClassificationComments
    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 chemistry & crystallography

    ChemicalName
    silicon dioxide (aka silica)
    ChemicalFormula
    SiO2
    Synthesis
    CrystalSystem
    Trigonal
    ChemistryClassification
    Silicate
    Nature
    Natural
    Crystallinity
    Crystalline
    ChemistryComments
  • Rose-quartz optical properties

    Transparency
    Semitransparent - Translucent
    Dispersion
    Strength: none
    OpticalComments
    RefractiveIndex
    1.544-1.553
    Tolerance:very constant
    Birefringence
    0.009-0.009
    OpticCharacter
    Uniaxial
    OpticSign
    Positive
    PolariscopeReaction
    Doubly Refractive (DR)
    Fluorescence
    SWUV: Inert to weak purple
    LWUV: Inert
    CCFReaction
    Pleochroism
    Dichroic, unobservable or weak, varying shades of body color
  • Rose-quartz characteristic physical properties

    Hardness
    7
    CharacteristicComments
    Streak
    White
    SpecificGravity
    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