Rose quartz is known as the stone of love and has its history rooted deep in the matters of the heart. GIA notes that beads made from this gem dating back to 7,000 B.C. have been found in Mesopotamia and that jewelry made with rose quartz was known to be crafted by the Assyrians around 800-600 B.C.
Legend Of The Stone Of Undying Love
Monica Vinader wrote about the legends of this lovely pink gemstone. In an Ancient Greek legend, Adonis, the god of plants and rebirth, was entangled with Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty who was in love with Adonis. Ares, her past lover and the god of war, was insanely jealous and tried to get revenge on Adonis for stealing Aphrodite's love.
Ares took the form of a wild boar one day and mortally wounded Adonis, whose screams clutched Aphrodite's heart with a death grip. She rushed to save him and in the process, cut herself on a briar bush. When she found him, it was too late to save him. Adonis was dying and in her arms, their blood combined to form anemones in the ground.
This resulted in the rose quartz gemstones staining the white quartz pink. This fusion of their blood led moved Zeus' heart and in an act of compassion, he brought Adonis back to Aphrodite for six months every year--making rose quartz, the stone of love, the symbol of reconciliation and undying love.