When most of us think of Madagascar, we imagine azure shores offset by crisp, white sand. What most of us aren't aware of is that this is home to one of the most important mining sites of Rose Quartz on the planet. Along with Brazil, it is responsible for some of the finest quality stones in our jewellery today, making it highly desirable and, of course, strikingly beautiful to look at in any setting.
Known as the Love Stone or the Crystal of Unconditional Love, this gemstone is found in its most natural state in Madagascar, displaying a distinctively deep yet delicate pink colour straight from the rock.
As a major historic source of the world's Rose Quartz, the island of Madagascar has been a significant and fascinating place for geological studies. The coarse rock formations known as pegmatites are formed when rising magma crystallises. These are commonly packed with Rose Quartz and its pink hue and are so prominent that they're very easy to spot even above ground.
The finest quality Madagascan Rose Quartz, however, is slightly trickier to find and mine, so manual mining techniques are used to retain its quality; of course, this means that it is one of the most sought-after gemstones of the world.