Rose quartz is named so for its pink color. Rose quartz can be a very pale pink approaching white to a medium dark pink. Rose quartz is most often translucent due to a series of internal fractures however; the most sought after and valuable rose quartz is transparent. Transparent rose quartz is rare. Generally, larger rose quartz can often show better color than small rose quartz. Some rose quartz is full of small inclusions that actually reflect light to make a six ray star. This type of rose quartz is known as star rose quartz. Rose quartz is also sometimes irradiated to improve its color.