Etymology

This variety of quartz takes its name from the Latin word that refers to its color, let’s remember that pink quartz comes from the word “kristallos”, meaning ice.

Geological Origin

Pink quartz is composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is a variety of quartz whose origin is varied, it crystallizes directly from magma from the pegmatite-pneumatolytic to the hydrothermal in low temperature. It is equally present in plutonic rocks (granite, granodiorite, tonalite) as well as in the hypabyssal rocks (porphyry, pegmatites).

The pink quartz color is due to the presence of manganese and titanium and to the electrical charges between Ti2 – Ti3. Thanks to the presence of thin needles of Rutile, it makes the formation of asterisms possible.

Pink Quartz Characteristics and Properties

Mineral Type Oxides IV Group
Color Intense pink, pale pink
Streak White
Hardness 7 Mohs
Specific Gravity 2.65
Cleavage None
Fracture Conchoidal
Crystal System Trigonal
Habit Crowned hexagonal prisms in pyramids
Chemical Formula SiO2
Optical Properties Uniaxial (+)
Transparency Transparent, translucent
Luster Vitreous
Refractive Index 1.544 – 1.553
Birefringence 0.009
Dispersion 0.013 (BG), 0.008 (CF)
Pleochroism Week pink to pale pink
Fluorescence Week, dark purple

Pink Quartz False Names

Pink quartz can be confused with rhodonite and rhodochrosite when showing pale colors and a very low level of inclusions; it can also be confused with kunzite, morganite and topaz.

Deposits

Some of the main deposits are in countries like Brazil, India, Madagascar, United States, Kenya, Namibia, Sri Lanka, and Mozambique, but it is a mineral that is available in many more sites around the world, in Spain for example, in the Province of Caceres we can find examples of well-defined crystals.

Pink quartz is the gem of love and infinite peace, and gives emotional well-being, opening the heart to love and affection.

Uses

In crystal therapy it is recommended for anxious people, who have suffered violence episodes, who have trouble expressing themselves, and for shy people. It is the gem of love and infinite peace, it gives emotional well-being, opening the heart to love and affection, its use for self-development is considered compulsory.