Rose quartz, a semiprecious stone that comes in various shades ranging from pale pink to nearly red, gets is eponymous colour from the varying amounts of iron, manganese and titanium it carries. But this “stone of love” has a lot more associated with it than meets the naked eye. Traditionally linked with love, beauty and even health, the healing properties of the rose quartz date back to ancient times. The Romans considered it to be a potent healing stone, and the ancient Egyptians even believed that rose quartz could slow down the ageing process. In Greek mythology, Eros was said to have brought the rosy stones to earth with the hope of spreading love, warmth and passion. Beauty regimens involving the stone range from something as simple as placing one under your pillow at night to maintain a youthful appearance to washing your face in water charged with rose quartz to minimise wrinkles. Most commonly, though, rose quartz is known as the stone of marriage, as it is believed to promote forgiveness and heal relationships. According to ancient lore, people who wish to attract love into their lives should carry or wear a heart-shaped piece of this stone with them. Now used to open up the heart chakra, its metaphysical symbolism has grown to include attracting all kinds of love, whether that be self-love, platonic relationships or romantic unions. To keep that passion alive — in any kind of relationship — make your way to Davidrose in St. George’s, where you’ll find plenty of rose quartz in an array of shapes and sizes, as well as diamonds and other precious stones — great follow-up gifts, should the rose quartz work its legendary magic.
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