The word “quartz” is derived from the German word “Quarz” and its ancestor “twarc”, which probably originated in slavic, Czech tvrdý (“hard”), Polish twardy (“hard”), Serbian and Croatian tvrd (“hard”).
Rose Quartz colors range from very pale pink through to deep pink, and all have that wonderful loving vibration. Deposits have been found in Brasil but also in Madagascar, India and Japan. It could be found as well as in South Africa and South Dakota in the USA. The relative abundance of Rose Quartz, and its frequent lack of full transparency, diminish its importance as a pink gemstone in relation to other pink gemstones such as and Topaz and Tourmaline. The color of this crystal is usually considered as due to trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese, in the massive material. Additionally, there is a rare type of pink quartz (also frequently called crystalline rose quartz) with color that is thought to be caused by trace amounts of phosphate or aluminium. The color in this crystal is apparently photosensitive and subject to fading.
The rose quartz is known as the “love stone” as its message is the strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and healing. It is supposed to bring calming properties and helps develop strong friendship. Rose Quartz restores trust and harmony in relationships and purifies the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. It helps to comfort in times of grief. Rose Quartz dispels negativity and protects against environmental pollution, replacing it with loving vibes. It encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance invoking self-trust and self-worth.
Sources: Minerals, Rose Quartz, Etimology
The other days, my delicate blue pearls knotted necklace “meets” a beautiful Romanian “camesa” (aka IA – traditional blouse). Thank you my dear Dana!
The gemstone Prehnite was named for its discoverer, Colonel Hendrik von Prehn (1733-1785), a Dutch mineralogist and an early governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony. Prehnite was also the very first mineral to be named and described from South Africa, long before South Africa became an important source for precious stones.
This gemstone is a hydrated calcium aluminum silicate that occurs in a soft yellow-green to apple-green color. Many of them have an intriguing luminous quality. Prehnite is a medium-hard gem with a rating of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. (the Mohs scale of minerals hardness characterizes the scratch resistance of various gemstones through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material)
Prehnite can often be found in large sizes, sometimes as large as 100 carats. It is a relatively inexpensive gem, though higher quality faceted material may sell for prices approximately the same as amethyst or citrine. Generally the faceted material is found only in smaller sizes. It can be found in South Africa, Australia, China, Scotland and the United States.
Prehnite enhances inner knowledge and connects the will and the heart. Known as the Stone of Prophecy, Prehnite has long been used by South African indigenous shamans. It boosts prophetic abilities and it enhances visualization and spiritual “knowing,” and aids in connecting with higher realms, including your higher self as well as spiritual and extraterrestrial beings. Prehnite is considered a stone of unconditional love and the crystal to heal the healer. It enhances precognition and calms the environment bringing peace and protection.
Sources: Prehnite gemstone