Rose quartz is one of the most desirable varieties of quartz in the gemstone trade! Also known as ancona ruby and mont blanc ruby, these gemstone beads and pendants display a lovely, unique pink tone. Natural rose quartz gets its color from iron and titanium impurities in the natural stone, however most rose quartz on the market (including ours) has been dyed to maintain a uniform color. Both forms are photosensitive and will fade in sunlight, so care for rose quartz beads accordingly. Rose quartz beads have been found in Mesopotamia that date back to 7000 B.C. Often called the "love stone," rose quartz is said to open the heart chakra to all forms of love. This semiprecious gemstone is believed to encourage gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, tolerance, and self esteem. It is also said to remove fears, resentments, and anger.