The second most abundant mineral on Earth’s crust, quartz comes in myriad varieties, including more than a few gemstones. Purple quartz is amethyst, greenish-yellow quartz is citrine, and so on. You may have heard of rose quartz, a frosty stone that exhibits a rosy red hue due to trace amounts of iron, manganese, or titanium; when the stone contains phosphate or aluminum, however, you get the rarer pink quartz (or crystalline rose quartz), a soft and feminine gem, first discovered in Maine and now available in pawn shops like Vienna Jewelry on Maple Avenue, that’s also said to have mystical properties.
Like rose quartz, pink quartz is said to evoke compassion and peace, emotional healing, love, and friendship. But the soft pink tone is also equated with innocence and simplicity, and is said to inspire gentleness and kindness as well—the perfect gift to encourage a young girl to discover and explore, as it is said to help one discover talents and interests, and develop love and respect for the self and others.
And for younger children—or even adults—pink quartz is said to promote easy sleep with pleasant dreams, and make children feel less afraid in the dark. In other words, it’s a tone that fosters identity—whether finding it for the first time and trying to rediscover it after a loss, injury, addiction, financial crisis and more. Whether or not you believe in crystals’ ability to perform this kind of healing, there’s no denying you’ll find the lovely stone mesmerizing when you spot it shopping for jewelry in the DC area.