Rose quartz stone holds an intimate relationship with love and with the heart. During the Bronze Age, Middle Eastern civilisations advocated the goddess of fertility, war and love Asherah, with rose quartz. These rites and offerings continued until antiquity. Many civilisations also used it, whether it be Carthaginians, Etruscans, Greeks, Hebrews, Hurrians, Mesopotamians, Phoenicians, Romans or Sumerians.
According to Greek mythology, rose quartz stone was at created at the time of Aphrodite. When her Adonis was out hunting, he was attacked by a boar that was in fact Ares, a lover of Aphrodite. Aphrodite would then have intervened in the bushes, except they were filled with brambles. Aphrodite then found her lover Adonis dead. From his blood emerged rose quartz stone. As such, the Greek people frequently used this stone to worship the goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite. Another legend states that Eros brought rose quartz to earth to represent its beauty, and that this stone was made to replace human hatred and anger with love.
Later in ancient Egypt rose quartz stone was considered to have physical virtues of longevity. Rose quartz powder was widely used for face masks and to remove wrinkles. Rose quartz was thus much offered for funerals and was often placed in the tombs of noble families.
These beliefs also existed in ancient Rome. Rose quartz was imported from two primary deposits: India and Sri Lanka. Today, rose quartz stone is used in various fields, such as litho therapy, industry, watchmaking and jewellery. Many jewels are made of rose quartz, such as necklaces, bracelets etc. In litho therapy, rose quartz pendants are used to work directly at the plexus.
From the word ‘quaterz’ meaning ‘bad ore,’ rose quartz stone held this name until the 16th century. Some hypotheses also refer to its name in reference to the German term ‘gewärz’ meaning ‘germ’ and ‘growth’. It is not uncommon to see pink quartz also called: conite, azetulite, dragonite, lodolite, konolite, azeztulite.
A mineral species in its own right, quartz belongs to the silicate group. It is primarily composed of silicon dioxide. Like other quartz, rose quartz stone is found in large crystals that are both pink and translucent. Its hardness is 7 on the Mohs scale and it is often found twinned, that is, an intergrowth of two separate crystals. Rose quartz crystallises between 573 °C and 870 °C.
The primary deposits of rose quartz stone are situated in Brazil but can be found in most countries around the globe. It’s worth noting that quartz represents 12% of the lithosphere, a substantial amount.
In litho therapy, rose quartz stone represents love. It is directly related to the fourth chakra, the heart chakra. Rose quartz represents the world’s love but also compassion. It is able to soften cold hearts and heightens the pleasure and joy of love. Anguish of the heart is dissipated thanks to rose quartz.
Rose Quartz Stone is also a stone of peace, love and friendship. It helps the wearer to forgive but also to respect both themselves and others. It supports depressed people and promotes rapid healing, whether physical or moral. Pink quartz soothes burns and stimulates the circulatory system and the kidneys.
Well-known for its calming virtues, rose quartz stone can be placed in the living room or the bedroom. Love and calm will be reunited and any tensions are soothed and dissipated. If rose quartz is accompanied with black tourmaline and is placed in a bedroom, its virtues will be increased tenfold as it will bring calm and restful sleep. It will also prevent nightmares.