Rose quartz is a quartz variety that gets its name from its delicate pink color.
The color of rose quartz ranges from very light pink (almost white) to medium-dark pink. The most appealing color typically occurs in larger sizes; small rose quartz specimens with good color tend to be scarce. Rose quartz is usually found in massive form, so well-shaped crystals are highly prized.
The deepest colors often occur in large sizes; small specimens with good color are rare.
Microscopic mineral inclusions give this pastel gem a cloudy translucence.
When rose quartz contains small, well oriented inclusions, it can sometimes show asterism.
There are processes used to alter the color, apparent clarity, or improve the durability of gems. Some gemstones have synthetic counterparts that have essentially the same chemical, physical, and optical properties, but are grown by man in a laboratory.
Rose quartz has been recognized as the gem that commemorates the fifth wedding anniversary.