8.6" Tall, Polished Rose Quartz Flame - Madagascar

This is a massive piece of rose quartz, hand-carved and polished into a "flame" sculpture. The base has been cut flat so it stands up nicely on a hard surface. Madagascar rose quartz is noted for its quality and deep coloration, and this piece is no exception.

This sculpture has a few small chips near the tip of the flame.

Rose quartz is a type of quartz that exhibits a pale pink to rose-red hue. It is most commonly found in large masses and very rarely forms individual crystals, unlike many other varieties of quartz. While rose quartz can be found many places throughout the world, the best commercially available material comes from Madagascar and Brazil. It is frequently polished and used for decorative purposes.

Rose quartz is evenly colored with masses ranging from pink to almost purple. The exact cause of the color was debated for years. Originally it was assumed to either be due to rutile inclusions (titanium dioxide) within the quartz masses, or irradiated "color centers", as is the case with amethyst or smoky quartz. An x-ray diffraction study in 1987 showed that it was due to neither of these, but due to the inclusion of microscopic fibers believed to be the mineral dumortierite. Even more recent analysis using other techniques have shown the microscopic fibers are an unidentified mineral closely related to dumortierite. These fibers make up up only about 0.05% - 0.15% of the overall weight of rose quartz.

Quartz var. Rose Quartz
Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
8.6 x 4.6", 6.9 lbs