|This article is about the Crystal Gems' leader. You may be looking for her true form.|
Isn't it remarkable, Steven? This world is full of so many possibilities. Each living thing has an entirely unique experience; the sights they see, the sounds they hear, the lives they live, are so complicated, and so simple. I can't wait for you to join them.
|—"Lion 3: Straight to Video"|
Rose Quartz was the founder and former leader of the Crystal Gems. Enthralled by the beauty of Earth, Rose led her friends and allies in a Rebellion against the Gem Homeworld around 5,500 years before the events of the series, successfully driving the invading Homeworld Gems off the planet and saving the life forms inhabiting it. Rose eventually developed a romantic relationship with a human, Greg Universe, before giving up her physical form to give birth to their son, Steven, who inherited her gemstone. She is half of Steven, as she said herself. Unbeknownst to others, her identity as Rose Quartz was a facade to hide her true identity as Pink Diamond, only entrusting Pearl with the truth until its revelation thousands of years later.
Rose Quartz had very long and curly pink hair styled in thick, tube-like ringlets. She also had defined lips with a pale pink color, bright-peach skin, and a taller and heavier build than the other Crystal Gems, due to being in the form of a quartz. In "Story for Steven", she was shown to be similar in height to Garnet and stood at eight feet, according to Greg. In "Now We're Only Falling Apart", she is shown to have had a slightly larger build than many of the Amethysts produced in the Prime Kindergarten. In "Lion 3: Straight to Video", she was shown to have had black eyes. Rose wore a strapless, floor-length, lilac and snow trimmed, tiered white and pink (sometimes completely white) dress with multiple layers which resembled the petals of a rose and had a star-shaped cutout in the navel area showing her gem. She was also barefoot.
A natural leader, Rose Quartz is indicated to have had a caring and loving personality. According to Bismuth, Rose was an atypical kind of Gem; rather than living in accordance to her Gem caste's values, Rose chose to be different and encouraged other Gems to be, too. Her doctrine was that Gems can take control of their own identities and that her race's limited display of individuality is a conviction forced upon them. In the same manner, Rose had shown displeasure towards the Gems' traditions and natures; in "Greg the Babysitter", she became somber when reflecting on Gems' static existences, and in "Story for Steven" she admitted that she never missed her home. This discontent sparked her interest in humans, who are always changing and redefining themselves.
In "An Indirect Kiss", she is described as feeling great sorrow when her loved ones were hurt. Her capacity for empathy led her to establish the Rebellion and the Crystal Gems, and extended even to her enemies; as documented in "Bismuth", Rose values her enemies' lives just as much as her allies'. She is also said to see beauty in everything "no matter how gross," showing that she treats everyone as equals. In "The Return", it is revealed by Jasper that Rose Quartz was a masterful tactician, a crucial skill that earned her renown. Despite her role, in "Story for Steven", she was seen to have (at least to the knowledge of the Crystal Gems and Greg) a personality greatly resembling that of her son. Rose showed some ambivalence toward her role in the war; when Greg says he knew little about her, she described this as "a good thing." She is described by Pearl and Greg as someone who "always did what she wanted."
Mom saw the beauty in everything! She really loved humans and all human stuff, and also plants and animals and everything on Earth, I think. And she really loved music, and she really loved Dad.
|—Steven, Guide to the Crystal Gems (Steven Universe)|
Rose did not fully comprehend the depths of human love in the early stages of her relationship with Greg, seeing that she was very confused when Greg tried to explain the concept of genuine affection. This led Pearl to initially believe that there was not much between Greg and Rose, confronting him with the idea that their "love" was only a phase, and that Greg's novelty would soon wear off. Seeing Rainbow Quartz gave Greg the idea to fuse with Rose, which he had hoped would help them understand each other. When Greg's fusion attempt failed, Rose started laughing at the thought in a way that he considered to be emotionally distant. When asked to talk like a real person, Rose was quick to admit that her sense of love was a facade, and she had no idea how human love worked. Greg and Rose began to talk, deepening their relationship. After their talk, it can be assumed that she had learned from Greg how to be more 'human', in a sense. In the podcast, Rebecca Sugar states that Rose was interested in that; she knew she did not understand it, and so she failed at compassion during "We Need to Talk".
As revealed in "Greg the Babysitter", Rose had not just a misunderstanding of human love but a misunderstanding of human beings in general, going so far as to once think babies and adults were separate species altogether. She became fascinated with the fact that humans grow, change, and chose what they become, whereas Gems are pre-destined to be whom they are. It could also be seen that she treats babies and adults the same motherly way, ironic given that she originally believed them to be separate species.
There is another unexplored side of Rose's personality – the legends surrounding her paint her as a ruthlessly efficient warrior and leader of the Crystal Gems who not only commanded her fellow Gems in the rebellion but also participated in the fighting personally. Both her allies and enemies remember her as the one who shattered Pink Diamond. This side of her personality seems at odds with the all-loving, motherly side of her, reflecting perhaps how the beauty of Earth and its lifeforms greatly affected the stern Gem warrior. It is worth noting that it is her compassion that leads her to rebel to protect others, so this behavior is not entirely out of the realm of possibility. In "The Answer", Rose is shown fighting alongside Pearl. She cracks a cocky smile before destroying a Ruby fusion. This would suggest an aggressive side to Rose's personality. As implied in "Bismuth" however, Rose's nature as a warrior during the war was tempered by a strong sense of righteousness, as she refuses to go to the extent of needlessly killing Gems to win the war against the Gem Homeworld, proving her love for life was stronger than her warrior instincts.
"Bismuth" highlights both her compassionate nature and her capacity for deception in the form of Bismuth. Rose poofed and bubbled Bismuth and did not tell Pearl and Garnet the truth about what happened to her but did it due to Bismuth's development of the Breaking Point and her intentions to use the weapon mercilessly against their enemies during the war. Further examples of her secretive side are shown in "Rose's Scabbard", when Pearl learns Rose did not confide everything to her. Pearl knew nothing of Lion, nor the fact that Rose kept meaningful things in his mane, including Bismuth's bubbled gem. Though speculation in "The Trial" and other supporting evidence suggests that Pink Diamond was shattered by someone else, Rose made sure that history would remember her as being the one responsible. The podcast states that Rose is a "gray" character, who poofed Bismuth for not aligning with her own philosophy as proof to show that Rose did not represent "all things pure."
Rebecca Sugar states in the podcast that Rose protected Amethyst from having to know troubling truths related to Homeworld; she sheltered her from knowing the full truth of her origin and therefore she was not free to build on that aspect of her identity. Both the advantages of freedom and the disadvantages of lack of structure manifested in her. Rose did not want Amethyst to have the restrictions of the Gem society they rejected, but that meant Amethyst did not have the chance to rebel against or choose to follow anything associated with them. Matt Burnett and Ben Levin state that the Crystal Gems had planned to not inform Steven about certain things "for his own good" and out of respect to Rose's wishes. These actions support the idea that Rose's tendency to withhold or hide information may stem from a desire to protect those close to her.
Rose possessed standard Gem abilities, including shapeshifting, weapon-summoning, fusion, bubbling, regeneration, and superhuman strength/durability. She was proficient in both combat as well as military command and strategy, being able to lead the Crystal Gems from the front-lines in a successful rebellion against their Homeworld. As she is not truly a Rose Quartz, she possesses unique abilities those Gems do not have.
- When fused with Pearl, they form Rainbow Quartz.
- When fused with Amethyst (via Steven), they form Smoky Quartz.
- Enhanced Strength: Being a Diamond in disguise, Rose had an immense amount of strength. In "Greg the Babysitter", she destroyed the control panel to a Ferris wheel with a single punch. She was then able to stop the malfunctioning Ferris wheel and ripped off one of the seats with her bare hands.
- Enhanced Reflexes/Speed: "The Answer" and "Greg the Babysitter" showed that, despite her size, Rose was extremely fast and agile. In the former, she destroyed a Ruby fusion quickly and precisely, and in the latter, she ripped off a seat of the Ferris wheel and leaped and caught a falling Greg and baby Sour Cream easily.
The original bearer of the pink diamond gemstone, which is currently in possession of her son/successor, Rose Quartz would have been able to use all the abilities Steven has – and perhaps even more.
- Healing: Rose manifested her ability to heal through her tears. Her tears could heal broken Gems/gemstones, and heal other creatures of general injuries. In "Bubbled", Eyeball mentions that she heard rumors about how during the Rebellion, Rose used her healing power to keep her Crystal Gem soldiers in contention with Homeworld's superior forces.
- Phytokinesis: Rose had the ability to grow sentient flora that acts as her guardians.
- Shield Proficiency: Rose had the capacity to summon her shield to protect loved ones.
- Electrical Interference: In "We Need to Talk", Rose appeared to be able to control Greg's radio based upon her emotion. For instance, when she was shocked, the music stopped. However, like her son, it is unknown if she possessed it or if this was for dramatic effect.
- Speed of Descent Regulation: In "Steven Floats", it is revealed that Rose was able to alter her gravity, allowing her to control the speed of her ascent and descent. She was briefly seen using this power in "Story for Steven". She also used it several times in "Greg the Babysitter".
- Rose's Sword: Rose possessed a great sword that she has used during battle. As stated in "Bismuth", the sword was designed by Bismuth for a fair fight, to cut through a Gem's physical form, destroying the body but never the gem. Bismuth calls it her "finest piece of work." It also has its own scabbard. It was later smashed by Blue Diamond in "Reunited".
- Laser Light Cannon: Rose once owned a cannon that shot a powerful beam that could destroy an object such as the Red Eye that the Crystal Gems could not destroy on their own. The weapon activates by reciting Greg Universe's favorite catchphrase, "If every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn't have hotdogs." It is currently in possession of the Gems after retrieving it from Greg's storage unit in the episode "Laser Light Cannon".
- Rose's Secret Armory: Rose had an armory full of weapons and armor that she kept secret from the rest of the Crystal Gems, except Pearl. For unknown reasons, Lion knows about the armory and brings Steven and Connie there in "Lion 2: The Movie".
The Crystal Gems often reminisce about Rose, and express their gratitude for her actions; Greg often laments over her departure with seemingly similar reasons. A portrait of Rose hangs over the doorway to the beach house where Steven lives.
While pregnant with Steven, knowing that she could never meet him personally, Rose made a video with the intent of posthumously expressing her love for him. Rose also made a similar tape for "Nora," uncertain if her child would be male or female.
At one point about 5,000 years prior to the events of the series, Rose leads the Crystal Gems in a rebellious war against the Homeworld Gems on the Gem Battlefield and wins. Jasper states that although they fought on different sides, she respected the military tactics that Rose used during the war.
As seen in "Story for Steven", the Crystal Gems (excluding Rose) did not wear stars on their outfits at the time that Rose met Greg. This implies that the symbol may have been adopted as a sign of respect and grief for Rose after she gave up her physical form.
Rose left behind a fabricated story of the shattering of Pink Diamond in which she is responsible for it. This version was taken for fact by both sides of the war, which eventually culminated in the use of the Corrupting Light by the Great Diamond Authority.
And I need you to know that every moment you love being yourself, that's me, loving you and loving being you.
|—"Lion 3: Straight to Video"|
Steven is Rose's son, whom she gave up her physical form for. While she never got to meet her son, Rose cherished Steven even before his birth, showing nothing but pride and happiness for the kind of person he would become, and trusted him to carry on her mission of protecting the Earth after her passing. Even when she knew it would mean the end of her existence to create Steven, she showed no fear and could not wait for him to join them. She also assured Steven in a video she left behind that when he loves being himself, it is really Rose loving Steven and loving being a part of him. According to Garnet, Steven is a "fusion of love". "Bismuth" portrays Rose differently to Steven after finding out that she had poofed and bubbled Bismuth without telling Pearl and Garnet. As a result, he shows his respect for her by promising to tell everyone what happened, giving her closure before poofing, unlike Rose. "Back to the Moon" and "Bubbled" causes Steven to doubt more on what he thinks about Rose after learning about the alleged shattering of Pink Diamond during the Rebellion, first mentioned by Eyeball, then confirmed by Garnet. In "Mindful Education", one of Stevonnie's hallucinations is the giant head of Rose Quartz staring down menacingly at them, further highlighting Steven's doubts on what he should think of his mother. In "Storm in the Room", Steven conceives his mother using her room. They can bond through various activities a normal parent and child would do such as football. When Steven was going to take a picture of him and Rose together, he quickly realizes that the Rose with him is merely an incarnation of what Steven knows of her. He breaks down into tears because he believes Rose is a liar so she can paint herself in a saintly light and only created Steven to get away from the problems she has caused for everyone involved. Rose denies this, however, saying she wanted to have Steven out of love. Assuming good faith towards his mother, he hugs her as she is blown away as a cloud. Steven is unsure what to think about his mother anymore. However, it is later shown in episodes like "Lion 4: Alternate Ending" that he believes that Rose may have left him a destiny to fulfill only to discover that she never intended that. In "The Trial", he has come to admit she was guilty of her crimes and calls her a war criminal, showing that Steven now sees his mother as the cause of everything bad in his life and blames her for that, seeing her now as just a criminal he must atone for her crimes.
With the revelation that Pink Diamond was in fact Rose Quartz, Steven's feelings towards his mother remain mixed. While he is relieved to learn that she never shattered anyone, he is troubled by the extent of her deceit and the pain it has caused for the Crystal Gems.
Hundreds of years ago, Lion traveled with Rose Quartz in a pack of lions when she visited the Desert. At some point, Lion died and was resurrected by Rose Quartz when she cried over his body. Since then, Rose entrusted Lion with the key to her landfill and got him familiar with many of her special locations, such as her fountain and armory. Rose also trusted Lion with her most important belongings, which are stored inside of his pocket dimension, implying that the two had a very strong and close relationship.
Huh? Oh, them? Those are three long stories.
|—"We Need to Talk"|
Rose Quartz was previously the leader of the Crystal Gems before she brought Steven into existence. The group seems to hold her in high esteem. In the episode "Laser Light Cannon" for instance, Amethyst is quoted as saying, "If Rose were here, this would be so easy!" The members of the group seem to mourn her disappearance from the world after she gave up her physical form to create Steven, though they do not hold Steven accountable for the loss.
In an in-character interview with Newsarama, Pearl seems to confirm that Rose Quartz was a leader of the Crystal Gems, noting, "Brilliant leaders do brilliant things, that is why you look to them for answers, answers no one else could have, that is why you trust them, even when you can not understand why they chose... Greg." Following the revelation that Rose was Pink Diamond, the remaining Crystal Gems, notably Sapphire, feel a mixture of confusion and anger for Rose's deception.
My Pearl. You're wonderful...
Pearl was Rose's second-in-command and confidant in the war against Homeworld and once her personal Pearl during her reign as a Diamond. Matt Burnett has described their relationship as "complicated". After the episode "We Need To Talk", it was confirmed that Pearl's feelings for Rose were of the romantic kind. The true nature of Rose's affections for Pearl was revealed in "Now We're Only Falling Apart" where Steven comments how Pearl swept Rose off her feet and how Sapphire felt the same when she came on Earth with Ruby. After witnessing Garnet's first fusion, Pearl made a failed attempt at fusing and tried to apologize for her impulsive decision and how she needs to stop imagining things about her relationship with Rose, only for Rose to urge her to never stop which resulted in an accidental first Rainbow Quartz fusion. Rose cared deeply for Pearl, and Pearl claims that she was closer to Rose than the other Gems were, and as such, Rose trusted her with information she did not tell Garnet and Amethyst. It was later showcased in "A Single Pale Rose" where it was revealed that "Rose Quartz" was a persona Pink Diamond created and asked Pearl to help to frame her own assassination and make "Rose Quartz" a culprit. Pink Diamond's last order as Pearl's diamond was to never tell this to anyone. Pearl seems to value this connection highly, as she became furious when realizing that there was information that Rose kept even from her in "Rose's Scabbard". In "Sworn to the Sword", it is stated by Pearl that Rose made her "feel like [she] was everything." It is explained by Garnet that, during the war, Pearl was extremely protective of Rose to the point of ignoring all logic and reason, and was willing to risk her own life to ensure Rose's safety repeatedly. It is implied that this recklessness sparked heated arguments between the two of them. Rose had a high respect for Pearl, to the point where she called her "My Pearl", something that Homeworld Gems call their superiors.
Amethyst and Rose seemed to have shared a close relationship. Amethyst makes a comment in "Maximum Capacity" that suggests she and Rose often hung out together. Amethyst is shown to think highly of Rose, who returned her positive regard. In "Crack the Whip", Amethyst reveals that Rose had told her that she is perfect the way she is, conveying that Amethyst's defective nature did not diminish Rose's opinion of her.
Rose was the first Gem to accept Garnet for being a fusion between two different Gems. This acceptance would ultimately play a key factor in Garnet's decision to join Rose and the Crystal Gems. Like Pearl and Amethyst, Garnet holds much respect for Rose and was deeply saddened with her passing. Garnet is shown to believe in Rose's ideology strongly, and as such, she is committed to carrying on Rose's cause by leading the Crystal Gems in her absence. This reverence for Rose is demonstrated in "It Could've Been Great" when Garnet becomes angered at Peridot's criticism of the former Crystal Gem leader and her legacy, to the point of threatening Peridot.
Oh, you're hilarious, Mr. Universe.
|—"We Need to Talk"|
Greg Universe was the romantic partner of Rose Quartz until she brought Steven into the world. Greg and Rose seemed to have had an excellent relationship, but most of what is known comes from Greg's point of view. The two of them met at one of his one-man band concerts in Beach City, where she was the lone attendee. He said that they became inseparable, yet he had no idea "what a magical lady like her ever saw in a plain old dope like [him]." Rose used Greg's catchphrase as the activation words for her Light Cannon, reflecting her feelings towards him. Rose's relationship with Greg started out rocky because Rose did not really understand how human relationships worked, but things got better over time, and they ended up "fusing" into an entirely new being, Steven.
Bismuth is a Crystal Gem and one of Rose's most loyal friends and followers. However, Rose did not accept Bismuth's ideas for winning the Rebellion and bubbled her away in Lion's mane after an argument and fight over the use of the Breaking Point to shatter Gems. When Steven revealed to her that Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond, she screamed in a pool of lava in shock before proclaiming, "It all makes sense now!"
|1. "Gem Glow":||Pictured||14. "Lars and the Cool Kids":||Mentioned|
|2. "Laser Light Cannon":||Pictured & Mentioned||15. "Onion Trade":||Absent|
|3. "Cheeseburger Backpack":||Absent||16. "Steven the Sword Fighter":||Pictured|
|4. "Together Breakfast":||Pictured||17. "Lion 2: The Movie":||Absent|
|5. "Frybo":||Absent||18. "Beach Party":||Absent|
|6. "Cat Fingers":||Absent||19. "Rose's Room":||Mentioned|
|7. "Bubble Buddies":||Mentioned||20. "Coach Steven":||Pictured|
|8. "Serious Steven":||Pictured||21. "Joking Victim":||Absent|
|9. "Tiger Millionaire":||Absent||22. "Steven and the Stevens":||Pictured|
|10. "Steven's Lion":||Absent||23. "Monster Buddies":||Mentioned|
|11. "Arcade Mania":||Absent||24. "An Indirect Kiss":||Mentioned|
|12. "Giant Woman":||Pictured||25. "Mirror Gem":||Absent|
|13. "So Many Birthdays":||Pictured||26. "Ocean Gem":||Absent|
|27. "House Guest":||Absent||40. "On the Run":||Mentioned|
|28. "Space Race":||Absent||41. "Horror Club":||Absent|
|29. "Secret Team":||Mentioned||42. "Winter Forecast":||Absent|
|30. "Island Adventure":||Absent||43. "Maximum Capacity":||Mentioned|
|31. "Keep Beach City Weird":||Absent||44. "Marble Madness":||Absent|
|32. "Fusion Cuisine":||Absent||45. "Rose's Scabbard":||Pictured & Mentioned|
|33. "Garnet's Universe":||Pictured||46. "Open Book":||Mentioned|
|34. "Watermelon Steven":||Mentioned||47. "Shirt Club":||Absent|
|35. "Lion 3: Straight to Video":||Video||48. "Story for Steven":||Flashback|
|36. "Warp Tour":||Absent||49. "The Message":||Absent|
|37. "Alone Together":||Absent||50. "Political Power":||Absent|
|38. "The Test":||Mentioned||51. "The Return":||Mentioned|
|39. "Future Vision":||Absent||52. "Jail Break":||Mentioned|
|1. "Full Disclosure":||Absent||14. "Historical Friction":||Mentioned|
|2. "Joy Ride":||Mentioned||15. "Friend Ship":||Mentioned|
|3. "Say Uncle":||Mentioned||16. "Nightmare Hospital":||Mentioned|
|4. "Love Letters":||Absent||17. "Sadie's Song":||Absent|
|5. "Reformed":||Absent||18. "Catch and Release":||Absent|
|6. "Sworn to the Sword":||Pictured & Mentioned||19. "When It Rains":||Mentioned|
|7. "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies":||Absent||20. "Back to the Barn":||Absent|
|8. "Keeping It Together":||Mentioned||21. "Too Far":||Absent|
|9. "We Need to Talk":||Flashback||22. "The Answer":||Flashback|
|10. "Chille Tid":||Imagined||23. "Steven's Birthday":||Absent|
|11. "Cry for Help":||Absent||24. "It Could've Been Great":||Mentioned|
|12. "Keystone Motel":||Pictured||25. "Message Received":||Absent|
|13. "Onion Friend":||Absent||26. "Log Date 7 15 2":||Absent|
|1. "Super Watermelon Island":||Absent||13. "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service":||Pictured|
|2. "Gem Drill":||Absent||14. "Monster Reunion":||Absent|
|3. "Same Old World":||Absent||15. "Alone at Sea":||Mentioned|
|4. "Barn Mates":||Absent||16. "Greg the Babysitter":||Flashback|
|5. "Hit the Diamond":||Absent||17. "Gem Hunt":||Mentioned|
|6. "Steven Floats":||Pictured & Mentioned||18. "Crack the Whip":||Mentioned|
|7. "Drop Beat Dad":||Absent||19. "Steven vs. Amethyst":||Mentioned|
|8. "Mr. Greg":||Pictured & Mentioned||20/21. "Bismuth":||Pictured & Mentioned|
|9. "Too Short to Ride":||Absent||22. "Beta":||Absent|
|10. "The New Lars":||Pictured||23. "Earthlings":||Mentioned|
|11. "Beach City Drift":||Absent||24. "Back to the Moon":||Mentioned|
|12. "Restaurant Wars":||Absent||25. "Bubbled":||Pictured & Mentioned|
|1. "Kindergarten Kid":||Mentioned||14. "The Zoo":||Mentioned|
|2. "Know Your Fusion":||Pictured||15. "That Will Be All":||Mentioned|
|3. "Buddy's Book":||Flashback||16. "The New Crystal Gems":||Absent|
|4. "Mindful Education":||Imagined||17. "Storm in the Room":||Imagined|
|5. "Future Boy Zoltron":||Absent||18. "Rocknaldo":||Mentioned|
|6. "Last One Out of Beach City":||Pictured & Mentioned||19. "Tiger Philanthropist":||Pictured|
|7. "Onion Gang":||Pictured||20. "Room for Ruby":||Absent|
|8/9. "Gem Harvest":||Mentioned||21. "Lion 4: Alternate Ending":||Video|
|10. "Three Gems and a Baby":||Mentioned||22. "Doug Out":||Absent|
|11. "Steven's Dream":||Mentioned||23. "The Good Lars":||Mentioned|
|12. "Adventures in Light Distortion":||Absent||24. "Are You My Dad?":||Absent|
|13. "Gem Heist":||Absent||25. "I Am My Mom":||Pictured & Mentioned|
|1. "Stuck Together":||Mentioned||15. "Pool Hopping":||Absent|
|2. "The Trial":||Pictured & Mentioned||16. "Letters to Lars":||Absent|
|3. "Off Colors":||Mentioned||17. "Can't Go Back":||Mentioned|
|4. "Lars' Head":||Pictured & Mentioned||18. "A Single Pale Rose":||Flashback|
|5. "Dewey Wins":||Mentioned||19. "Now We're Only Falling Apart":||Flashback|
|6. "Gemcation":||Pictured||20. "What's Your Problem?":||Mentioned|
|7. "Raising the Barn":||Absent||21. "The Question":||Mentioned|
|8. "Back to the Kindergarten":||Absent||22. "Made of Honor":||Mentioned|
|9. "Sadie Killer":||Absent||23/24. "Reunited":||Mentioned|
|10. "Kevin Party":||Absent||25. "Legs From Here to Homeworld":||Mentioned|
|11. "Lars of the Stars":||Absent||26. "Familiar":||Absent|
|12. "Jungle Moon":||Absent||27. "Together Alone":||Absent|
|13. "Your Mother and Mine":||Flashback||28. "Escapism":||Absent|
|14. "The Big Show":||Absent||29-32. "Battle of Heart and Mind":||Absent|
|1. "Lion Loves to Fit in a Box":||Absent|
|2. "The Classroom Gems: What Are Gems?":||Absent|
|3. "We Are the Crystal Gems":||Cameo|
|4. "The Classroom Gems: How Are Gems Made?":||Absent|
|6. "The Classroom Gems: Fusion":||Absent|
|7. "Cooking with Lion":||Absent|
|8. "Gem Karaoke":||Absent|
|9. "Steven Reacts":||Absent|
|10. "Video Chat":||Absent|
|11. "Steven's Song Time":||Mentioned|
- Rose bears a similarity to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, beauty, desire, fertility, war, combat, and political power. An example of this is Ishtar often being portrayed alongside her seven lions.
- Rose's symbol repeatedly appears throughout the series, such as when the door appears to her room, in the middle of Steven's shield, in the handle of her sword, and on the Crystal Gems' battle flag during the Rebellion.
- The blast emitted by the Laser Light Cannon and Quartizine Trio assumes a shape loosely resembling her.
- Rose's gemstone was located where a human navel is – as such, Steven's gemstone is located on his stomach where his navel should be.
- In "Rose's Room", when Steven is falling through space in Rose's room, a Tiny Floating Whale speaks to him in Rose's voice saying, "What do you want, Steven?"
- The Gem depicted on the Crystal Temple has many similarities to Rose including the ringlet-curled hair, though also has multiple overlapping faces and multiple arms much like Alexandrite. Based on the gem locations depicted in this carving, it is meant to represent a fusion of Rose, Amethyst, Pearl, Ruby, and Sapphire: the same five gems who also have points dedicated to them in the pentastar icon on the temple door.
- In "Monster Buddies", Garnet tells Steven that Rose tried to use her powers to save Corrupted Gems, although she was never able to heal them. Joe Johnston has confirmed this.
- As revealed in "An Indirect Kiss", Rose had a spring filled with her magical healing tears.
- Ian Jones-Quartey confirmed that Rose's skin color is based on a peachy light pink color, like some kinds of rose quartz stones.
- Ian Jones-Quartey stated that Rose shapeshifted a womb for Steven to be born from.
- It was highly implied by Ian Jones-Quartey that Rose was indeed a Quartz Gem, repeating that her name is Rose Quartz (with emphasis on "Quartz"), never confirming or denying that she was a Quartz Gem or not. He also explained that the reason why her abilities are defensive-orientated, as opposed to being offensive (like Jasper and Amethyst), is that "[Quartzes] can't all be tanks".
- This, however, was simply to deter fans from Rose's true identity being Pink Diamond, which was revealed later in "A Single Pale Rose".
- In "Ocean Gem", Greg has stated that Rose enjoyed hard rock and roll, fitting in with her ability to "Find beauty in everything."
- "Greg the Babysitter" revealed that Rose knew Sour Cream for a short while, though only while he was a baby.
- When asked how she decided to "kill off" Rose, Rebecca Sugar cryptically replied, "Is she dead?"
- This statement was most likely referring to the fact that Rose gave up her physical form to give birth to Steven, thus making her "still alive", albeit in a "limbo" like state, being in Steven's gemstone.
- Rose admitted to having loved other humans before loving Greg.
- However, she later admitted to not understanding human love, casting doubt on this claim.
- In "Mr. Greg", Pearl passively mentions that Rose met with various men throughout her stay on Earth, but Greg was the first that she ever had a significant (romantic) relationship with.
- Garnet's flashback in "Your Mother and Mine" shows that Rose first fell in love with a human man before the Rebellion, and that it was one reason for her trying to save Earth.
- She also had a fascination with humans, describing them as "funny" and "adorable."
- Before Steven's birth, the Crystal Gems, particularly Pearl and Garnet, were less inclined to interact with humans. As such, a fence was installed around the Temple's area of the beach to prevent trespassing. Rose had a love and fascination for humans, however, and so would often go out and explore Beach City.
- Rose's style of dancing when fusing was similar to Waltz.
- It is revealed in "Earthlings" that Rose's Diamond, along with Jasper's, was Pink Diamond.
- However, it was later revealed in "A Single Pale Rose" that Rose was Pink Diamond, and therefore Rose was not under a Diamond's leadership (Pink however did create actual Rose Quartz soldiers that served under her).
- Garnet's story in "Your Mother and Mine" shows that Rose shapeshifted out of the standard Homeworld uniform and into her signature dress when she defected from Homeworld. However, the later revelation of Rose's identity reveals that this is untrue.
- The first time Pink took the form of Rose, she wore the uniform, as she was pretending to be one of the soldiers created on Earth to blend in with her subjects.
- Rose gave up her physical form on August 15, the date Steven was born.
- According to Eyeball's statements in "Bubbled", it is possible that Rose was the only existing Gem with healing powers. This possibility is further supported in "The Trial".
- Rose bears a physical and personality resemblance to Granmamare from the film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
- Both have long wavy hair that is similar in color (Granmamare's being red, and Rose's being pink) and they both wear long gowns and pink lipstick.
- Both are considered to be very wise, understanding, benevolent beings and have a love for humans and life on Earth.
- Both are also extremely powerful and have high esteem, with Rose being the leader of the Crystal Gems and a Diamond, and Granmamare being the Queen of the Ocean.
- Both have children with humans: Rose had a child with Greg Universe, and Granmamare with Fujimoto.
- Rose is also similar in some respects to Kenshin Himura from the manga and anime Rurouni Kenshin.
- Both have normally cheerful personalities, but can become very serious when their allies are threatened.
- Both have violent pasts and fought in rebellions against oppressive regimes, with Kenshin fighting against the Tokugawa Shogunate during Japan's Meiji Restoration, and Rose fighting for Earth's independence from the Great Diamond Authority.
- Both carry swords designed for incapacitating opponents.
- Rose’s name likely came from the Latin word Rosea, which means pink. This might also be another allusion to her true identity as pink diamond.
- Rose quartz is a gemstone that is associated with healing, confidence, friendship, love, peace, compassion, empathy, beauty, and heart, which perfectly describes Rose's personality.
|Rose Quartz's gemstone is located on her navel. It is a circular gemstone with a pentagonal facet. Her gemstone also appears on Steven and Stevonnie. As seen in "A Single Pale Rose", it has a pavilion on the back side.|