Locality - Madagascar
Size – 70 x 50 x 38mm
Weight – 179g
This rose quartz freeform boasts attractive rose pink colour and exquisite semi-translucent gemminess throughout with shiny internal reflective veils, some of which display tiny, vivid rainbows (as photographed). If strong artificial light - such as a torch - is shone directly onto the stone a spectacular 'star' reflection can be seen in its side. It is a sizeable piece that has been polished to perfection and shaped to a nicely rounded form, ideal for holding.
About Rose Quartz
Rose quartz is a translucent pink, blue or clear variety of quartz found most commonly in masses made of intergrown microscopic crystals or rarely as well-formed, visible crystals. Its hazy to translucent character is due to microscopic fibrous inclusions of a pink borosilicate mineral related to dumortierite within it. Rose quartz may show asterism when cut and polished as a dome, similar to what is seen in certain sapphires, in a 4 to 6 ray star reflection on the surface; this variety is known as 'star rose quartz' and is highly desirable for use in cabochons and spheres.
Quartz is the most common mineral found on the surface of the Earth, occurring in virtually every locality. Pure crystals are colourless, transparent and hard, though many are coloured by natural processes such as irradiation or by the presence of certain elements within them. These coloured varieties include the popular gemstones amethyst, purple quartz, and citrine, yellow quartz. Some quartz crystals have unique inclusions of minerals that have grown within them, such as golden rutile, tourmaline or chlorite, and others may show silvery reflective internal veils and bright rainbows. Whilst the majority of quartz is created from molten magma that has cooled and crystallized, much quartz also chemically precipitates from hot hydrothermal veins. Well-formed crystals deep within the Earth can reach colossal sizes, with some measuring several meters in length and weighing hundreds of kilograms.