Earth Treasures: Desert Rose Stone
By Chisom Ibemere
Desert rose stone occurs in the dry region that contains high mineral such as the deserts. It is a type of crystal formation whose name comes from its resemblance to the shape of rose petals.
Its formations can be found in various regions worldwide such as the Sahara Desert, Mexico, Australia, and the southwestern United States.
Desert rose formation results when water carrying dissolved minerals, such as gypsum or baryte, evaporates in desert conditions. It is basically seen in sandy or clay-rich soils, often occurring in clusters or as individual crystal formations.
Desert rose is primarily used as a decorative stone, both in its natural form and after being cut and polished. It has a unique shape, veining patterns, and range of colors which make it a popular choice for making ornamental objects, such as paperweights, sculptures, and jewelry.
It is also used as a healing stone and is believed to possess metaphysical properties that promote grounding, protection, and clarity of mind.
Desert rose formation results in interlocking crystals of gypsum or baryte, with sand or clay particles often trapped within. It typically appears as rosette-shaped clusters or single crystal formations.
It is white or beige in color but can also be pink, brown, or reddish. It ranges in hardness from 2-3 on the Mohs scale, making it relatively soft and susceptible to scratching.
The value of desert rose stone varies depending on factors such as size, color, clarity, carving quality, and market demand. Large, well-formed specimens with vibrant colors and clarity are generally more valuable.
The market value of desert rose stone fluctuates which is based on factors such as aesthetic trends, scarcity, and overall demand among collectors, decorators, and metaphysical practitioners.