Meet Rose Quartz: The Lovey-Dovey Crystal That's Great For Your Heart Chakra
If you've ever wandered into an occult shop, you've undoubtedly seen the pink crystal known as rose quartz. This light, translucent crystal carries a gentle and nurturing energy, and is a favorite of crystal aficionados everywhere, known for its loving energy, as well as its benefits to the heart chakra. (It's sometimes even called the heart stone.)
Here's why you might want to include this gemstone in your collection if you haven't already.
What is rose quartz?
As its name suggests, rose quartz is a type of quartz (which is fairly common). Rose quartz, in particular, is a bit more rare. Today, this crystal can be found all over the world, including in parts of the U.S., India, Brazil, Australia, Sweden, and more. And if we're getting technical, it's actually a mineral (like many other popular crystals).
Rose quartz has a long history dating back to Greek mythology. As the story goes, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, once cut herself by accident while trying to save her lover, Adonis. When their blood mixed together, it stained quartz a subtle pink, and rose quartz was born.
In another tale, Cupid used rose quartz to inspire love between people. In ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Tibetan culture, rose quartz has long been thought of as a stone for beauty, as well as a symbol of love.
It's typically a soft pink, though there are some varieties that are a richer, darker pink, as well as light purple or lavender varieties.
Its properties, according to Heather Askinosie, crystal expert and author of CRYSTAL365 and Crystal Muse, are "equally powerful for manifesting new relationships and deepening existing ones—whether it's the relationship you have with yourself, a romantic partner, or friends and family. Whenever you're seeking more love in your life, this is the go-to stone."
Benefits of rose quartz:
Opens up the heart chakra:
If you're looking for love (or heart chakra healing), rose quartz is probably the crystal to turn to. It's the ultimate stone of love, Askinosie tells mbg, adding, "It has a very soft and gentle energy that heals and mends your heart, allowing you to open yourself up to the energy of love."
Encourages self compassion:
And that goes for love from others but also love from yourself. As we know, the two go hand in hand, and rose quartz can help when it comes to clearing out the things that keep you from loving yourself and others fully while encouraging trust, compassion, and emotional healing.
Releases emotional baggage:
As author of Evolution of Goddess, Emma Mildon, previously explained to mbg, rose quartz is like "a Band-Aid for your heart—one that can help heal old love wounds, forgive lovers, and release any lingering emotional baggage."
How to use rose quartz:
A rose quartz ritual for your heart chakra.
If this crystal sounds up your alley, it couldn't be easier to put it to use with a simple heart chakra ritual. Here's Askinosie's favorite:
- Take out your rose quartz and place it over your heart.
- Take six deep breaths (six is a number that's often associated with love).
- As you breathe, imagine the stone radiating love into your heart, clearing away darkness and pain to heal your heart space.
For all-day loving energy, you could also wear a rose quartz necklace that falls right at your heart chakra. However you use this stone, be consistent. "Rose quartz is a stone that likes to be near you, so make sure to connect with it every day," Askinosie says.
Meditate with it.
Askinosie says meditating with crystals is one of the simplest ways to connect with them. "Start by holding your crystal in one or both hands as you close your eyes and focus on your breath," she explains. Meditate with the rose quartz and notice how it makes you feel. Given that rose quartz is all about love, it would be ideal for a loving kindness meditation.
Place it somewhere special.
Whether you have an altar space you'd like to add to, or just want to keep your rose quartz on your nightstand, Askinosie says adding crystals around your home offers a beautiful boost of energy. "A crystal point with one sharp edge can also help magnify the intentions you set in your space," she adds.
Wear it as a necklace.
Many people like to hold crystals against their bodies, and in the case of rose quartz, which corresponds to the heart, what better way to do so than to wear it as a necklace?
"This serves to stir the energy around that chakra and bring up the emotions that you need to heal," Askinosie notes, adding, "Putting crystals on your body has a completely different effect than simply holding them."
How to take care of rose quartz.
When it comes to rose quartz, the standard rules for clearing, activating, and storing apply. Askinosie notes it's a good idea to cleanse your crystal at least once a month—or whenever you change the intention you're working with. For cleansing, Askinosie recommends the following strategies:
- Place it in sunlight or moonlight for four to eight hours.
- Visualize all stagnant negativity that has clung to your crystal dissipating.
- Place a clear quartz (which is thought to be cleansing) on or near your rose quartz.
When not "charging" or cleansing, you can display your rose quartz, keep it on you in person, or tuck it away wrapped in a cloth to prevent tarnishing or damage.
Is rose quartz associated with any zodiac signs or birth months?
Which chakra is associated with rose quartz?
As aforementioned, being such a love-promoting stone, rose quartz is strongly associated with the heart chakra and heart chakra work.
Is it a good crystal to sleep with?
Depending on what you're looking for, yes, you can sleep with rose quartz if you wanted to invite more love into your heart as you sleep. It wouldn't be the best stone, however, if you wanted to do something like dreamwork, for instance. (Obsidian and/or malachite would be better for that!)
How should it be worn as jewelry?
You can wear your favorite rose quartz jewelry however you like, but if you really want those heart chakra benefits, wearing a rose quartz crystal as a necklace so it falls just over your heart would be optimal.
The bottom line.
However you choose to use your crystals, understanding their properties makes them that much more impactful. For all things love-related, rose quartz is a good one to reach for.
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Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Writer, as well as a registered yoga instructor. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.