Semi-precious stones are at the heart of Ottoman Hands jewellery. From lustrous Labradorites to vivacious Turquoise, gems capture imagination, forge myths and legends and even make history.
We haven’t kept our passion for gemstones much of a secret: their natural beauty, abundance of colours and textures, as well as time and specific conditions required to create them, make semi-precious stones more than just pretty embellishments. Throughout history, gems have been given special place and individual meaning. To celebrate these stunning earthly treasures we are kicking off a bejewelled new gemstone feature on our blog.
First up, the stone, so romantic and elegant, it has been given as a love token for centuries (we also like to think of it as a ‘perfectly meaningful present stone’; can you tell we looove Rose Quartz jewelry =) ). Please give it up for Rose Quartz..!
The Stone: A member of the quartz family, this crystal is made up of silicon dioxide. It’s sweet, soft pink hue is the result of both the many, tiny inclusions of pink fibers, known as dididumortierite, within the glassy stone, and irradiation. The colour of the stone is very stable and will not fade in direct sunlight or heat.
The History: Ancient civilisations of Rome and Assyria were the first to use this crystal as a bead in Rose Quartz jewelry. It’s use in talismans, however, carried more symbolic weight. To early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, Rose Quartz meaning within a talisman was that of ownership. Rose Quartz talisman were used to signify that a deal had been reached. Egyptians also believed that the stone could be used in cosmetic purposes and prescribed powers of beautiful action to this gently hued gem. The popularity of Rose Quartz far outreached Mediterranean and Mesopotamian regions – it was widely used in carvings in ancient Tibet and China. In early American cultures Rose Quartz amulets were worn to help balance emotions. Greek and Roman myths were the first to attach the symbol of love to this stone.
Meaning & Properties: In crystal healing Rose Quartz is known as the ‘love stone’. The message it is believed to radiate is of unconditional love, joy, warmth and emotional healing. Associated with water element in Feng Shui, Rose Quartz healing properties are fluid, washing out bad energies and emotions. As the main stone of the Heart Chakra, this gem is considered to aid the wearer in living their life from the heart.
Our Thoughts: We love the romantic sentiment this mesmerising gem holds. It’s powdery soft hue also makes this stone a wonderfully neutral accessory, which can work magic with any colour palette. Whether you are considering a pair of gorgeous Rose Quartz earrings, a Rose Quartz necklace or a Rose Quartz ring (or maybe all three), we think they will make for a meaningful gift for your loved ones to cherish and treasure throughout the seasons.
Discover our new Rose Quartz Jewelry edit via the link below.