The colour of Rose Quartz ranges from a very tender pale pink to a delicate powder pink and can be transparent through to translucent. This gem has adorned ornaments and jewellery since ancient times. Truly transparent Rose Quartz is extremely rare, and is usually so pale that it does not show much colour at all, with the exception of when it is available in larger sizes. Translucent Rose Quartz, however, is a lot more readily obtainable and unless its colour is especially vibrant, tends to be used for beaded jewellery and carvings.
Rose Quartz is similar to other forms of the Quartz family in that it is prone to inclusions and when of a rutile nature can create asterism. However, while most asterisms appear when light hits the gemstone, light needs to be shone through the gem in order for the asterism to be visible.
Known as the gemstone of true love, it is said that Rose Quartz allows you to get to know your true self and to love that true self in all its beauty. As Whitney Houston once sang “learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all”, if you are struggling with self-esteem then maybe this gem is for you.