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Rose Rock

from The STEMcell Science Shop

Regular price $5.00

The state rock of Oklahoma, Rose Rocks are also called baryte roses since they are made of baryte.

Size: 1–2"

Appearance of individual pieces vary. All pieces were created in nature and therefore no 2 are identical.


More info:

Rose rock in Oklahoma was formed during the Permian Period, 250 million years ago, when western and central Oklahoma was covered by a shallow sea. As the sea retreated, baryte precipitated out of the water and crystallized around grains of quartz sand. This left behind large formation of reddish sandstone, locally called Garber Sandstone, containing deposits of rose rock.

The 'petals' are crystals flattened on the c crystallographic axis, fanning open in radiating flattened crystal clusters. The rosette crystal habit tends to occur when the crystals form in arid sandy conditions, such as the evaporation of a shallow salt basin. The crystals form a circular array of flat plates, giving the rock a shape similar to a rose blossom. Gypsum roses usually have better defined, sharper edges than baryte roses. Celestine and other bladed evaporite minerals may also form rosette clusters. They can appear either as a single rose-like bloom or as clusters of blooms, with most sizes ranging from pea-sized to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter.

The ambient sand that is incorporated into the crystal structure, or otherwise encrusts the crystals, varies with the local environment. If iron oxides are present, the rosettes take on a rusty tone.

The rose rock was selected as the official rock of the US state of Oklahoma in 1968.


Note on crystal healing:

Being a scientific establishment, we cannot tell our customers our products have powers which are scientifically impossible. That being said, regarding the healing properties of crystals...there are none. Crystal healing, along with other trendy new-age practices, has been thoroughly debunked. 

Much of the confusion about rocks having "energies" stems from quartz crystals having piezoelectric energy, which is absolutely real and verifiable. Simply strike 2 quartz together in a dark room and you'll see them illuminate. This is why quartz crystals are used in watches. But piezoelectricity is an electrical effect involving electrical energy, which is a very well-defined concept that is readily measurable and bears little resemblance to the esoteric concept of energy used by proponents of crystal healing.

Promoting crystal healing in lieu of proven medical treatments, especially on children and animals, is dangerous, neglectful, and unethical.

We love rocks, stones, minerals, crystals, and all other amazing creations that the physical laws of our universe have made possible. They are impressive enough without applying additional superpowers. After all, those shops claiming their products have healing powers charge many times the fair price.