Everything You Wanted to Know About Rose Quartz
A firm favourite of crystal lovers everywhere, this soft pink stone is the epitome of love. But why? Let's examine some of the myths and legends surrounding this wonderful rock.
What is Rose Quartz?
As the name suggests, rose quartz is a variety of quartz – a commonly found glassy mineral, that makes up a good chunk of the earth’s crust. Thanks to variations in the crystal structure, we’re given a wonderful array of colour variations, which many of us treat as crystals in their own right. These include Amethyst, Citrine, Herkimer diamond and, of course, rose quartz.
The beautiful pink and rose hues that occur in rose quartz is usually due to tiny amounts of titanium, iron or manganese in its formation – imperfections that make each stone unique. Wouldn’t it be great if we treated people the same way?
Mythology of Rose Quartz
Being such an abundant and beautiful stone, rose quartz has been the subject of many a myth throughout antiquity.
In one from Ancient Greece, Adonis, the mortal lover of Aphrodite, was attacked by a wild boar – sometimes reported as the God, Ares, in disguise. Rushing to her lover’s aid, Aphrodite pricked herself on a briar and the mingling of their blood stained the clear quartz pink. The same story is also attributed to the creation of the anemone flower.
An interesting side note - this story inspired by the Adonia festival, wherein the women of Athens mourned the death of Adonis by planting quick sprouting plants and gardens, which withered soon after. They’d then perform a mock funeral, complete with dead Adonis statue, and proceed through the streets in a public outpouring of grief. The festival ended with either burying or casing the withered plants and effigy out to sea. This festival was celebrated at Midsummer, which, as touched upon in my last post, often symbolised the death and re-birth of the sun god.
Another Greek and Roman myth regards Eros, or Cupid bringing the rose quartz to earth, in the hope that it would encourage love and longing amongst mankind.
Historically, rose quartz was believed by the Ancient Egyptians to ward off ageing. Face masks have been reportedly found in ancient tombs, which reflects this use. This beautiful gemstone has also been used in Mesopotamian jewellery as far back as 7000 BC, and we’re honoured to be able to carry on that tradition now with our beautiful Rose Quartz Necklace and Earrings.
Spiritual Beliefs and Modern Symbolism
With its association with a variety of love deities, it’s no wonder that rose quartz is defined as the stone of love. What we tend to forget is that there are so many different kinds of love, and rose quartz is the perfect stone to symbolise each of them. It’s used by many as a way of attracting romantic partners, but is just as poignant as a symbol of compassion and emotional healing. Thought to radiate a soft, feminine energy, rose quartz jewellery holds a lovely sentiment when gifted to new parents and expectant mothers.
We love rose quartz. We love love! To some up this post, I’ll leave you with the quote that comes with our rose quartz jewellery:
And because there’s no way I can resist shoehorning a Steven Universe reference,
“If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn’t have hot dogs!”