Desert rose is the colloquial name given to rose-like formations of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte which include abundant sand grains. ... The rosette crystal habit tends to occur when the crystals form in arid sandy conditions, such as the evaporation of a shallow salt basin. Found in dry, desert regions, each one is said to contain a unique spirit guardian. They have traditionally been used as talismans for protection, overcoming phobias and to help boost self confidence. Particularly helpful for shy or timid children and teens to help them uncover and confidently express their talents. Despite its rose petal like softness, Desert Rose is a stone that will help you stand your ground and confront any hardship. It will show you how to commit to a project with confidence despite the numerable obstacles.