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 semiprecious gemstones display a lovely, unique pink tone. While most rose quartz on the market is dyed to maintain a uniform color, we believe this Madagascar rose quartz is natural, and gets its color from trace iron and titanium in the natural quartz stone. Both forms are photosensitive and will fade in sunlight, so care for rose quartz beads accordingly. 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.