Madagascar Rose Quartz Palm Stones.
Inarguably, rose quartz is the most well-known pink mineral.
The crystal ranges from pale, bluish, ice-pink to deep gemmy carnation pink or a deep dusky pink. Its clarity ranges from transparent to semi-transparent and it is not uncommon to spot beautiful and brilliant shimmery rainbows in the body of the stone as well as a chatoyancy effect in highly polished rose quartz spheres and jewelry cabochons.
Rose Quartz is part of the quartz family and the pink hue comes from the natural absorption of other minerals such as manganese, iron, titanium and a dumortierite-like borosilicate.
It is associated with love (especially platonic and romantic unconditional love), openness, nourishment, comfort, romance, healing, femininity, creativity, compassion, the heart chakra, relationships, tenderness, nurture, beauty, kindness, empathy, contentment and peace.
There are different views as to which zodiac sign is tied to rose quartz. Libra, Taurus and sometimes Scorpio are referred to but Taurus and Libra, which are signs both ruled by Venus, receive the largest share of mentions.
It has been discovered that Egyptians and Romans used rose quartz to make beaded masks as it was believed that rose quartz helped to beautify, heal and maintain the complexion of the skin. As a result, it is not uncommon to see today's artisans make and offer beaded crystal masks for the same purpose through inspiration from the past. The stone inspires many in a myriad of ways.