Pink amethyst has the energy of both the pink and purple rays of the quartz family and is one of those crystals that just makes my heart sing.
It has a gentle, slow and soothing energy that resonates with the heart and crown chakras, opening and connecting heart healing with our highest selves.
It is associated with the element of air.
Pink amethyst has been a highly sought-after crystal since around 2018 though it had been around for over 5 years before then. As it often happens in the rock hound world, it can take some time for the word to spread about a new find or for something to gain “popularity.” It is considered a “rare” gemstone as it can be a bit challenging to obtain and is higher priced than purple amethyst.
Pink amethyst so far has been solely found in Patagonia, Argentina. It occurs in geodic formations or cavities lined with crystals. You will sometimes find clear or white calcite as a secondary crystal as shown in the photos above.
Initially pink amethyst was mistakenly called rose quartz, though it does not have the same crystal structure as rose quartz. Rose quartz does not usually form in crystals, and is much less transparent than pink amethyst. Rose quartz gets it’s pink color from manganese, titanium and/or iron inclusions while pink amethyst gets it color from hematite and iron inside the quartz points.
According to the mine owner and founder of pink amethyst, a chemical analysis was performed on this crystal and they have found that, “The crystals are purplish pink amethystine quartz, additionally colored by microscopic hematite particles. They are not rose quartz as classically defined. Numerous micro-inclusions of calcium sulfate also occur in the interior of the quartz crystals.”
My research also brought me to George R. Rossman of the California Institute of Technology who analyzed pink amethyst and describes it as “purplish pink amethystine quartz additionally colored by microscopic hematite particles.”
Pink amethyst’s crystal structure is trigonal and has a Mohs hardness of 7.0.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found the color variation as shown in the photo below. Initially I thought the darker colored crystals were smokey quartz, but on second thought the color may be from hematite inclusions.
A little tid bit on the quartz family, the major varieties of quartz are Aventurine, Agate, Amethyst, Carnelian, Chalcedony, Citrine, Jasper, Milky Quartz, Onyx, Rock Crystal or Clear Quartz, Prasiolite , Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Smokey Quartz and Tiger’s Eye.