Although rose quartz is a very common mineral, it is one that is highly prized among new age enthusiasts and alternative healers, as well as in feng shui practice. Like all quartzes, rose quartz is essentially a crystalline form of a silica oxide mineral, but in this case, the mineral takes on a pink hue due to the presence of manganese and titanium. The deepness of the pink hue is determined by how much manganese and titanium are contained in the sample—rose quartz can range from the faintest pale pink to a very deep fresh pink.
The Energy of Rose Quartz
The color pink has long been associated with the energy of love, so it is no surprise that rose quartz is thought to help one attract love, as well as to heal from painful love experiences. Some say that it is also the presence of manganese in rose quartz that calms and heals the heart. (Kunzite crystal can be used for the same purpose, but it is not as easy to find and is more expensive.)
The heart-healing properties are the most prominent energy associated with rose quartz. No other crystal or stone is considered equal to rose quartz in helping one dissolve painful memories related to love. Remember that rose quartz is not just a healer, however—it also attracts love.
Using Rose Quartz in Feng Shui
In feng shui, too, the rose quartz is used principally as a love cure. You can find many carvings in rose quartz—from mandarin ducks to hearts, wealth pots and gourds (Wu Lou), usually tied by a red string and completed as a tassel with the mystic knot pattern.
The love and marriage area (southwest if you follow the classical feng shui bagua) is the best place to display rose quartz as a love cure. You can also display a bowl with rose quartz in the center (the heart) of your home, as well as have several crystals in your bedroom.
Another excellent use of the rose quartz is in your children's bedroom, especially if they have trouble sleeping or tend to get easily agitated. Place a couple of tumbled rose quartz crystals under their pillow or by the bed stand. Of course, you should let your children know what they are, allow them to freely play with their crystals, or even carry some in their pocket.
Choosing Rose Quartz
Most rose quartz crystals come from Brazil, the U.S., and China. Rose quartz is inexpensive and can be found as smooth tumbled stones in most gift shops and new age bookstores. You can choose either the tumbled (polished) rose quartz, or go for a carved figurine in rose quartz. The most popular rose quartz carvings are hearts (of course!), as well as angels, flowers, and various animals. Rose quartz towers (also called generators) can be a powerful cure to raise the energy, but they are not easy to find and are more expensive. The beauty of tumbled rocks is that you can carry them with you, so you can have a small rose quartz in your purse, pocket, and even in your car.
Rose quartz clusters are very beautiful and very, very rare. But there are many lamps made from rose quartz on the market (they look similar to salt rock lamps), as well as rose quartz candle holders. These can be a beautiful addition to your bedroom and will promote a nourishing, warm and loving energy. You can find all sorts of feng shui adornments made from rose quartz, especially feng shui love cures.
Of course, one of the best uses of rose quartz is in jewelry. You can benefit from the healing energy of rose quartz crystal by wearing it as a pendant to help release the pain and negative emotions from your heart, as well as in bracelets, rings, or earrings.
As with all crystals and stones, you have to be sure you cleanse your rose quartz from time to time—especially if it has been used to relieve emotional pain.