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Rose quartz — specimen 0233, photo © NMNHS
Rose quartz — specimen 0233, photo © NMNHS

Rose quartzspecimen 0233


South America
Rose quartz — specimen 0233, locality map

Weight: 4.06 ct; size: 10.97 | 10.96 | 7.05 mm; shape: round; colour: very light purple; clarity: slightly included; cut: excellent; treatment: none.

Slightly included specimen; design ‘Simple Jack’ by Bob Keller, excellent cut by Tan Pen.

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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.