For starters, Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the continental crust of Mother Earth, after feldspar. Quartz is actually made up of a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving it an overall formula SiO2, for the science-minded. Rose quartz is a type of quartz which exhibits a pale pink to rose red hue.
The color is usually considered as due to trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese, in the massive material. Some rose quartz actually contains microscopic rutile needles and these produce an asterism in transmitted light. Recent X-ray diffraction studies have suggested that the color is mainly due to thin microscopic fibers of possibly dumortierite within the massive quartz.
There is also a rare type of pink quartz (frequently called crystalline rose quartz) with a color that is believed to be caused by trace amounts of phosphate or aluminum. The color in these crystals is apparently photosensitive and subject to fading, and these are usually found in Brazil.
From a metaphysical or spiritual standpoint, Rose quartz is known as the love stone. It is believed that your marriage or partnership can have more sparkle, fire, and passion when you keep a rose quartz under your pillow or on the nightstand. You will look younger, as the legend goes, and it helps the user feel a strong sense of self-worth, therefore being worthy of being loved, when you use Rose Quartz.
Rose Quartz also has a gentle vibration of love for the owner. It supposedly gives inner peace and helps in all matters pertaining to love, romance and sex. Rose Quartz also opens the heart to love. It is believed to also help as a magical rejuvenator to the skin. It is said that washing the face in water charged by rose quartz will help fade wrinkles and keep the skin young and attractive.
Of course, some might consider this pseudoscience, but others are convinced of it, and you have to “see for yourself.” As a believer in, and a practitioner of, the magical arts, I have often seen people’s lives changed for the better, by various crystals, including this wonderful Rose Quartz!