Beautiful pink Rose Quartz is one of the most loved crystals. Its beautiful pink to near lilac coloring charms many beauty seekers. After all, who can resist a stone that naturally occurs pink?
This stone envelopes the user in a layer of compassionate love. This is a great help in situations where love is not the primary emotion that arises. Think about wearing or carrying Rose Quartz to mediations, arbitrations and other legal meetings.
Carry it with you when love will benefit the conversation as when dealing with people with opposing views or when you are acting as a mediator for loved ones. This is also a great stone for parents to have near in times when children may have views differing from their own and to bring to family or other large gatherings. The more compassion you can bring to a crowd, the better.
This is a great stone for teachers and those who work with groups. While your classroom may run well, there are a variety of personalities and differing opinions. Carrying a Rose Quartz can give you a little help when dealing with those more challenging personalities.
And, of course, bring Rose Quartz to an already loving situation such as marriages & long term relationships, parent-child relationships, and gatherings with your favorite people. We don't have to reserve crystals for situations that NEED them, we can add them to enhance an already favorable situation.
Rose Quartz is in the quartz family of stones. It is one of many since quartz is the most abundant crystal on Earth. Rose Quartz is a Silicon Dioxide Crystal with a hardness of 7. It has a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal structure. It is hard, but translucent, best not to leave it in the sun or it will lose its color. Short times in the sun are okay, but it is best to charge this one in the moonlight or in the shade on a sunny day.
The exemplary stone of love- all types of love - love for self, romantic love, love for family and friends, love for children, love for neighbors & community, for Gaia -Mother Earth-, the Universe in its entirety and love of Source. Bring Rose Quartz close to you in meditation and it will enliven the Heart Chakra to exude your innate love, the truest love in which you become one with a single connected flow of energy from Source.
The sweet, gentleness of this stone's vibration acts as serum for the Heart and Aura, releasing stagnancy, dissolving anger, resentment, distrust and dispelling fear and suspicion. From this new space faith, hope and trust are disentangled and a person will begin to experience these newly.
PAIRS WELL WITH
Rose Quartz pairs well with other pink stones such as Pink Tourmaline, Pink Calcite, Rhodonite, Rhodochrisite, and Morganite. It also plays well with green stones, the color of the Heart Chakra: Emerald, Tsavorite Garnet, and Moldavite. Other friendlies include Phenacite, Natrolite and Scolecite.
To enhance any stone pair it with Clear Quartz - it acts as an amplifier.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT STONE
Choosing your stone can sometimes be difficult. What will you use it for? Do you just want to get a feel for it or put it in your work space? The ideas below can help you with this.
These two stones at first look appear to be the same. But if we take a moment with each, they can be easily distinguished from one another. The important thing as we begin to differentiate crystals with similar physical characteristics is to compare two stones with the same finish.
Take a look at a tumbled sodalite and a tumbled lapis lazuli. Compare a rough sodalite with a rough lapis lazuli. After you've come to be able to tell these apart when compared to the other of the same finish, then see if you can tell them apart when comparing different finishes. Also, once you see the differences you can know what you're looking at without a comparison.
First things first, let's see what these look like.
Both are blue, with white markings or veins. The mineral structure is very similar which is why they appear alike and are often mistaken. In fact, as I perused the internet I saw sodalite advertised as lapis lazuli and lapis lazuli advertised as sodalite. That's how similar they are, even suppliers sell them incorrectly.
As described in the Book of Stones (see below for reference) both of these are a sodium aluminum silicate with an isometric crystalline structure. The white color you see in each photo is white calcite which occurs naturally in both lapis lazuli and sodalite.
So, what's the trick to telling them apart? There are two distinct features to look for.
1. Pyrite. Lapis Lazuli has pyrite inclusions - pyrite is fool's gold. It has a metallic gold like appearance. Some Lapis Lazuli, like the point in the photo above (right), has a lot of pyrite and is easily seen. Others, like the raw stone above (first set of pics, right), have less or the pyrite is less easily seen. To me tumbled and polished stones are easiest to discern.
2. The blue color. Sodalite is often a darker blue, sometimes gray or such a dark blue that it appears nearly black in some places on a stone. Lapis Lazuli typically has a brighter blue color.
So, is your Lapis actually Lapis? Is your sodalite actually sodalite? If you've got both, take a look at the differences, you may be able to help a friend tell them apart one day.
Photos: left side are all sodalite, right side are all lapis lazuli.
The book of stones: who they are and what they teach
Simmons & Ahsian - North Atlantic - 2011