In order to work with our crystals effectively, we need to understand their properties. With crystals that look similar or have similar uses, such as strawberry quartz and rose quartz, it can be difficult to determine which one to work with. The answer should always be; the one that you are drawn to the most. However, if you are looking to find the difference in physical appearance as well as metaphysical properties, you’ll find your answer here.
Strawberry quartz is much rarer than rose quartz. It has a glittery effect, like aventurine, and is vibrant in color, while rose quartz does not sparkle and is pale. The color of rose quartz is even, while strawberry quartz has darker and lighter spots. Both stones are associated with (self-)love.
Continue reading if you want to know more about the (physical) qualities of these stones, as well as how you can use them in your spiritual practice.
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Strawberry Quartz vs. Rose Quartz – How To Tell The Difference?
In order to understand the difference between these two stones, we can look at the color, shape, pattern, clarity, and more. Below we’ll describe all these aspects in detail.
Both stones belong to the quartz family of minerals, with a chemical formula consisting of silicon dioxide. They also both have some form of iron ore, like goethite or hematite, to create the pink color.
Strawberry quartz also contains mica, which looks like glitter, while rose quartz does not. If you’re familiar with aventurine – it is the same type of sparkle. If that does not ring a bell, have a look at the picture below. You’ll see the glitter in the strawberry quartz but not in the rose quartz.
Color and Transparency
Strawberry quartz often exhibits a darker pink shade compared to rose quartz but can also be just as pale. The best way to differentiate between these stones is that strawberry quartz is clear quartz with darker or pinker spots, meaning the overall color is uneven. Rose quartz has a relatively even pink color throughout.
For strawberry quartz, the richness of color is an important factor in the pricing of the stone. Lighter shades have the lowest value.
In terms of transparency, both stones can be translucent to opaque, depending on the number of inclusions.
Both stones are relatively hard, rating 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. If you’re unfamiliar, the Mohs scale of hardness determines a stone’s hardness by measuring how scratch-resistant it is. According to this scale, a stone can scratch any other mineral with a lower score. For reference, talc is a 1, whereas diamond is a 10.
Quartz is relatively durable, meaning it’s a great variety of crystals to use in jewelry and other objects.
Although they’re relatively durable, be careful when handling and storing these stones to prevent damage.
We recommend cleaning your stones by either running them under tap water or cleaning them with a damp cloth. If you’d like, you can use some detergent as well. Make sure to dry the stones afterward. Although it won’t cause immediate problems, we do not recommend leaving stones to soak, as this can turn them dull or brittle.
Apart from physically cleaning the stones, you might want to clear them from negative energies. This is highly recommended if you use them for their metaphysical properties.
The reason for this is that these stones absorb low vibrations. Every month or so, you want to remove these energies from the stone so you can continue to use it. After cleansing, it is recommended you also recharge the stones to make sure they are full of positive energy to share with you.
Strawberry and rose quartz can be cleansed and recharged by moonlight or using cleansing crystals like selenite and clear quartz. The stones can also be left in clean salty water for a few minutes to tune it to its original vibration, but again, beware that this may cause damage in the long term.
We do not recommend leaving any type of quartz, including strawberry and rose quartz, in the sun for long periods, as they are likely to fade when exposed to direct sunlight. However, feel free to let them charge in the sun for 15-30 minutes or so.
Also read: Can Rose Quartz Go In Water? (Full Guide)
Both stones form alongside other members of the quartz family, but rose quartz is much more common.
Strawberry quartz is found in Russia and Mexico, while rose quartz is found all over the world. Most commonly in South Africa, Madagascar, and Namibia.
Also read: The Complete Guide To Wearing Rose Quartz
Beware that crystals are never a replacement for professional medical help. If you have any issues, see a doctor first and follow their advice.
The similar makeup and color of these stones mean they have similar properties too. However, there are some differences.
Both stones are associated with the heart chakra, meaning they will bring calm and peace and is also great at nurturing romantic relationships. Physically, both rose, and strawberry quartz is said to help with heart disease and the circulatory system in general. The stone is also helpful in alleviating back pains, stress, and tension.
However, strawberry quartz is mostly used for strength, positivity, while rose quartz is a more gentle stone. The latter helps to calm your mind and improve productivity. Physically, it is also said to help with infertility, stress-related ailments, postpartum and anti-aging.
Some varieties of strawberry quartz have hematite inclusions within their structure. This makes them useful in providing grounding energies, as hematite is a root chakra stone. Hematite is a reliable stone when you feel scared and anxious. It also helps in accepting challenges and making firm decisions. Spiritually, the stone will awaken your abilities and senses.
Both strawberry quartz and rose quartz are aligned with the heart chakra. The stones harmonize and balances energies, allowing you to experience and give love unconditionally.
However, strawberry quartz also has a connection to the root chakra as a result of the fact that some varieties have hematite inclusions. Hematite is an incredibly grounding stone. These grounding abilities eliminate the fears around romantic relationships, as well as material possessions.
If you’re not too familiar with chakras, here’s a quick explanation to help you understand how these crystals work.
Chakras are the different energy points in our bodies. There are 7, each of them linked to a certain aspect of our lives. We can link each chakra to crystals or gemstones by color and its properties.
- Root chakra (Muladhara) is represented by black/red and is located at the base of the spine. This chakra is related to stability.
- Sacral Chakra (Svadihsthana/ spleen) is represented by orange and is located below the navel. The sacral chakra is associated with feelings and sensuality.
- Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is represented by yellow and is located above the naval. The solar plexus chakra is related to intellect.
- Heart Chakra (Anahata) is represented by green/pink and is located in the chest area. This chakra is associated with loving and emotional healing.
- Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) Is represented by blue and is located at the end of the throat. This chakra is associated with communication and tangible dialogues.
- Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) Is represented by indigo and is located between the eyebrows. The chakra is related to spiritual understanding.
- Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) is represented by white and is seen as our connection to the divine.
Strawberry and rose quartz are both associated with Venus, the planet of love. Venus governs how we relate with others and our relationship with material possessions. It is also connected to emotions and romantic relationships.
Some traits you could work with by using rose and strawberry quartz are compassion, patience, and sensitivity.
Anyone can use both of these stones but, some signs are associated with them in particular.
Strawberry quartz isn’t a birthstone. However, it is associated with Venus, making it a helpful stone for Taurus and Libra, both ruled by the planet. It encourages them to take a chance at love and awakens their artistic element.
Scorpios can also benefit from this stone in particular. They are hardworking and ambitious people, but can be stubborn at times. Strawberry quartz will help the sign embrace changes and find new perspectives and opportunities.
Rose quartz isn’t officially a birthstone either, but is often associated with the month of January. The stone is, therefore, associated with Capricorns born in that month.
The stone is also associated with Venus, making it a great stone for Taurus and Libra, both ruled by Venus. It will help these signs in areas like love, empathy, and compassion.
Strawberry quartz is associated with the air element. This element represents knowledge, wisdom, and intellect. People associated with this element are good communicators, adaptable, open-minded, and forgiving. They are also positive and creative people. If you feel like you could use some help in these areas, strawberry quartz can help you connect to this element.
Rose quartz is associated with both water and the earth’s elemental energies.
The water element represents intuition and emotions. However, if you feel like the water element is dominant in you, you might also experience a disproportionate amount of fear. Water crystals will help face fears and prevent self-criticism.
On the other hand, the earth element is the source of life. The earth element is associated with grounding and practicality. People of this element are reliable and hardworking. Crystals that draw energies from this element will ground and stabilize energies.
Strawberry quartz vibrates at 5. Number 5 in numerology is associated with our feelings and emotions. The number 5 is governed by Mercury, the planet of knowledge and intuition.
People who resonate with the number 5 are fun-loving, curious, and adaptive to different environments. Some of their weaknesses are unreliability and lack of commitment, which is exactly what strawberry quartz can help with.
Number 7 in numerology signifies completion and spirituality. Number 7 reminds us to take an analytical approach to life. People of this number are introspective and skeptical, which isn’t by definition a bad thing. However, if you feel like you could benefit from more social contact, rose quartz can help you.
There are many different ways to use these stones. Below we’ll outline a few options for you.
Strawberry and rose quartz are most commonly used for jewelry, promoting healthy love relationships and self-love. The stone pendants can also help restore trust and harmony in broken relationships. Wearing these pieces of jewelry will soothe your emotions as well.
Make sure to always wear them on your skin, as close to the associated chakra as possible. For these heart chakra stones, a long necklace would be perfect.
The stones are also commonly used in meditation for love and relationships related issues. You can also meditate over strawberry and rose quartz, and any other heart chakra stone for that matter, to find a new partner.
If you’re looking to work on your heart chakra, here’s a guided meditation that can help you:
To get the most out of our work with crystals, it can be incredibly beneficial to pair and combine crystals with similar properties. This way, they can strengthen and enhance each other. Below you’ll find some interesting options.
Let’s start with the obvious: strawberry quartz and rose quartz is the ultimate combination for love. This combination not only helps you find love but also helps you love and accept yourself. Its energies are geared towards finding your true self, self-worth, and putting yourself first. This is a good combination when you feel critical towards yourself. It eliminates negative self-talk and initiates a feeling of contentment.
Strawberry quartz can also be used together with emeralds to nurse a heartbreak. The combination increases your ability to trust, forgive, and gain inner peace.
Rose quartz can be paired with amethyst for love and relationships. The combination also relieves stress and anxiety. This combination is also good for finding one’s identity and self-love. Amethyst geodes can be used to recharge rose quartz crystals.