Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be helpful to discuss Rose Quartz, also known as the love stone.
This beautiful crystal ranges in color from pale to medium pink and is found in Brazil, Madagascar, India, and the Black Hills area of South Dakota. It’s a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness (1-10).
Geologists tell us Quartz is made up of Silicon and Oxygen; this stone’s pink hues are attributed to either titanium or to dumortierite.
According to legend, the god Adonis once was attacked by Ares. When the goddess Aphrodite tried to save him, she scraped herself on a briar bush. It was their mingled blood that turned the white quartz stone to pink.
Indeed, sources say Rose Quartz has been used as a love token since 600 B.C. It’s especially adept at attracting new love, strengthening bonds between family and friends, nurturing self-love, and fostering connections within a community.
Put some zest into your relationship by keeping a piece of Rose Quartz under your pillow. Wear Rose Quartz jewelry to boost your self-worth. Meditate with Rose Quartz to heal from an emotional breakup. Wash your face in water charged by Rose Quartz to fade wrinkles and beautify your complexion.
While Rose Quartz isn’t a traditional birthstone, it’s a natural birthstone for those born in mid-autumn (Oct. 22-Nov. 20) and the zodiac stone for those born under Scorpio.
Rose Quartz has long been regarded as a universal antidote to poison. Additionally, it’s useful for lowering blood pressure, balancing the circulatory system, alleviating vertigo, hastening recovery, and supporting most forms of cancer, particularly breast cancer.
Healers believe Rose Quartz helps balance the Heart Chakra, teaching us true love and opening our heart to love (both of self and others). The stone clears out anger and jealousy, making way for the healing of heart issues and dis-ease(!) associated with negative emotions.
Feng Shui experts recommend placing Rose Quartz in the south area of a home or room to enhance your reputation in the community and within your family.
Cleanse your Rose Quartz every two weeks under lukewarm running water.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and various other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!