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Rose Quartz

Wedding anniversary:
5th

Origin:
Madagascar, India, Germany, USA, Brazil

Chemical Formula:
SiO

Mineral:
Quartz

MOHS Hardness Scale:
7

Healing Properties:
Unconditional love, Self-love, Mother love, Caring, Kindness, Friendship, Romantic love, Platonic love

Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love.  It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love.  Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace.  Calming and reassuring, 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.

History and Myth:

The heart stone

In Greek mythology, rose quartz appeared in stories where gods and goddesses like Cupid, Adonis, Aphrodite, and Eros used the precious stone’s properties to restore, renew, and recharge love. Ancient Eastern civilizations established rose quartz as a spiritual stone that is directly connected to the Heart Chakra, helping to heal emotional wounds, shift feelings of fear and sorrow into lighter, loving energies, and inspire an elevated relationship with nature, the universe, and beyond. Rose quartz has even been found in facial masks recovered in Egyptian tombs, as it was thought to possess outer powers of beautification, too.

In a classic myth about love and reconciliation, Adonis, god of plants and rebirth, found himself entangled in a love story with Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, who could not bear to be apart from her mortal lover. Her obsession with Adonis enraged her past lover, Ares, god of war, so much so that he sought every opportunity to exact revenge on Adonis for stealing her devotion away from him.

In the form of a wild boar in the forest, Ares set out to mortally wound his rival. His actions and Adonis' resulting screams caught the desperate attention of Aphrodite, who, in rushing down from heaven to save him, cut herself on a briar bush.

Aphrodite held a dying Adonis in her arms and their blood combined to form anemones in the ground and Rose Quartz gemstones after it stained the white quartz pink. The fusion of their blood led Zeus to show his compassion as he brought Adonis back to Aphrodite for six months a year, leading the Love Stone, Rose Quartz, to become the central symbol of reconciliation and undying love.

Rose Quartz was also part of Eros' story as the god of desire, love and attraction, who is perhaps the most instantly recognisable character in all mythology - he was known as Cupid to the Romans. The myth goes that he brought the pink gemstone down from the heavens (Olympus) to spread love and romance around the mortal world, for it was the Love Stone itself. The romantic qualities of the beautiful pink hue to the stone were thought so powerful that they would inspire love in humankind.

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