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Rose quartz — specimen 0079, photo © NMNHS
Rose quartz — specimen 0079, photo © NMNHS

Rose quartzspecimen 0079


South America
Rose quartz — specimen 0079, locality map

Weight: 4.31 ct; size: 14.84 | 8.42 | 5.61 mm; shape: oval; colour: very light purple; clarity: eye clean; cut: fair; treatment: none.

Very clean specimen; mixed style cut.

Other specimens
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More information from ‘Classification’

Two varieties of quartz are called rose quartz. One is found in translucent masses made of intergrown anhedral crystals. It is always showing a hazy to translucent character due to microscopic fibrous inclusions of a pink borosilicate mineral related to dumortierite. The other variety occurs in well-formed crystals of similar colour. The colour is apparently caused by irradiation-induced colour centres based on Al and P, that replace Si in the atom lattice.