Madona rosa
La Madona Rosa (the Pink Madonna) sold for $662,500 USD in 2013.

The Ancient Greeks told that fair Cupid gifted love to humans in the form of rose quartz. The crystal has been used in love rituals and ceremonies in various cultures throughout history, and to this day it is thought of by some as the stone of unconditional love. Whatever you believe, there’s no denying that rose quartz’s sweet pink hue can sure give you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

Quartz is a crystal made of silica, specifically links of silicon dioxide. The pink in rose quartz is caused by tiny fibrous silica inclusions growing in the quartz, like billions of little baby crystals growing within the mother crystal. These tiny pink injections decide the strength of the hue, which can range from almost white to purple-pink.

rose quartz boulder
Rose quartz boulders

Rose quartz is mostly found as large specimen—some chunks could barely fit in a conventional fireplace. Mostly they have been worn or broken so they take the shape of regular rocks and boulders. This disguises rose quartz’s natural hexagonal shape. Rose quartz specimen with the six-sided crystal still intact are rare and highly-appreciated (like the Madona Rosa above).

The hexagonal shape can also be seen in the six-pointed star that appears in fine rose quartz under the right conditions. An experienced stone worker can coax this apparition from a fractureless piece of rose quartz that has been cut and polished perpendicular to the direction of the crystals.

staR Rose quaRtzIn the esoteric world, rose quartz is associated with the heart chakra, feminine energy, and the water element. Apart from exuding unconditional love, it is said to increase forgiveness and trust.

Rose quartz can be found abundantly all over the world; caches in Brazil, Madagascar, India and South Africa are the best known. In all its forms, quartz (such as rose quartz, white quartz, amethyst, agate, onyx, jasper and tiger’s eye just to name a few) is the second most abundant mineral on Earth. It is the sand on the beach, and often in the very dirt, so that at any point in the day you could be crunching under your feet a little bit of Cupid’s love.

A word of caution: rose quartz loses its color in the sun.