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rose quartz - the love stone

rose quartz, red garnet & pearl torsade

compositionsilicon dioxide
name sourcequartz from the Saxon word querklufterz, meaning "cross vein ore"; rose from its range of pink, rose, and lavender colors
historical aliasesBohemian ruby, American ruby, Ancona ruby and Bavarian ruby -- all thought to be misleading
folkloric aliases"the love stone," "stone of gentle love"
color peach to pink to lavender to rose
color sourcetraces of manganese along with traces of titanium and lithium
significant sourcesBrazil, Madagascar, US and many other countries
MOH scale7
care and treatmentAs a quartz, rose quartz is quite hardy. Wash in warm soapy water or clean in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner.