The pale pink colour of quartz, which can range from transparent to opaque, is known as rose quartz.
The colour is a very pale and delicate ice pink, the result of titanium and iron impurities in the quartz. Transparent rose quartz is very rare and is usually so pale that it does not show very much colour except in large sizes.
The translucent and opaque quality of rose quartz is much more available and is used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and architectural purposes.
Some rose quartz contains abundant, tiny, rutile crystals - like needles - that give the stone a star effect when the light shines on it. This is often seen in cabochons used to make pendants.
Dyed quartz is often passed off as rose quartz. Dyed quartz stones are evenly opaque and evenly coloured whereas natural rose quartz has visible inclusions and colour shading.
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Smokey quartz is a brown transparent quartz that is sometimes used for unusual faceted cuts. The brown colour is a result of aluminium impurities in the quartz.
The commercial market is limited due to the small demand for brown gemstones. However, large faceted gems of top quality stones make stunning pieces of jewellery. Take a look at our smokey quartz pendants. You can often see an amber glint in the smokey quartz stone which adds richness and personality. This variety was sometimes known as smokey topaz in the past, which is incorrect and misleading, since the mineral variety is quartz, not topaz.
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