More recently there was major production of synthetic Quartz during World War II.
This synthetic Quartz was used to supply crystals for radios.
Today, Quartz is not only used for gemstone purposes, but also as a raw chemical
ingredient in the manufacturing of abrasives, cements, concrete, porcelain, glass,
and many other industrial materials.
Because of its piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties, Quartz is commonly used
in the production of watches, clocks, computers, and radios.
South Dakota adopted Rose Quartz as its official mineral in 1966.
Rose Quartz is believed to balance the emotions, giving inner peace and harmony.
It is said to calm aggression and enhance sensitivity, compassion, patience and
forgiveness while increasing self-esteem and self-confidence.
Physically Rose Quartz is believed to help treat depression and assist in weight
loss. It can aid in the proper functioning of the kidneys, adrenals, sex organs,
liver, lungs and heart. In addition to this, it is believed to increase fertility
and protect against radiation.
Rose Quartz's pink color is unique in the mineral kingdom, making it a highly desired
Quartz variety. Rose Quartz crystals are a rarity. In fact, when they were first
discovered they were dismissed as fakes by mineralogist from around the world.
There are known deposits of Rose Quartz in Africa, Australia, Canada, England, Germany
India, Madagascar, Scotland, and the United States. The first Rose Quartz crystals
were found near Rumford, Maine, though today most of the world's supply comes from
Rose Quartz is rated at 7 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness and special care should
be taken when wearing it in jewelry as Rose Quartz can chip or crack relatively
easily. Rose Quartz is generally opaque to translucent, exhibiting a pale and delicate
powder pink color and occasionally a stronger rose-red color. The rare transparent
Rose quartz crystals are usually so pale that not much color can be seen except in stones of large sizes.
Occasionally Rose Quartz contains microscopic rutile needles which are oriented
in such a way that a star effect is visible, known in the gem trade as an asterism.
This optical phenomenon can best be seen when a light source is viewed through the
Rose Quartz. These particular
gemstones are classified as Rose Cat's Eye Quartz.
Rose Quartz is almost always found as solid masses and rarely occurs in crystals.
This remains a scientific mystery because Quartz crystallizes into well formed crystals
in all other macrocrystalline varieties, leaving no easily discernible reason why
Rose Quartz crystals do not commonly occur.
Rose Cat's Eye Quartz are most commonly and almost exclusively cut into cabochons.
This is because a tall, round cut is required to maximize the striking Cat's Eye
effect most brilliantly.
There are no known enhancements for Rose Quartz.
Care & Cleaning:
Rose Quartz is generally best cleaned
soapy water and a soft brush. Rose
Quartz should be handled with care because they can chip or crack relatively easily.
Rose Quartz crystals are prone to fading and are best kept away from prolonged exposure
to sunlight. As with most gemstones, Rose Quartz should be kept away from household
chemicals and from prolonged exposure to extremes of heat as this can cause damage or permanent changes in coloration. Rose Quartz jewelry should be kept in a fabric-lined
box away from other jewelry items in order to avoid scratching.