Like other types of quartz, most rose quartz is formed through the process of magma crystallization, making magmatic pegmatites the primary source of larger rose quartz crystals. However, this is not the only possible method of formation, as this mineral can also be found in hydrothermal veins.
The oldest recorded pieces of jewelry containing these stones were beads found in present-day Iraq. They are believed to be a remnant of the Mesopotamian culture and have been dated all the way back to 7000 BC.
Whether you practice crystal meditation, or simply own electronics that are made with quartz, there’s no denying the humble stone’s power. Clear quartz crystal generates a measurable electric charge, and is used in televisions and radios. Its blushing cousin, rose quartz is often used in massage therapy, reflexology, and energy medicine in the form of a wand or polished stone. Rose quartz meaning varies throughout cultures, but the soft pink stone is often tied to gentleness, love, and fertility. In reiki and energy work, rose quartz properties are engaged to reset the heart chakra, release stress, and promote circulation and skin health.