Precious amethyst is the purple member of the quartz family. Rose De France amethyst, also known as lavender amethyst, is a special variety of Brazilian amethyst with a delicate pastel lilac hue.
Amethyst is a quartz crystal that appears in various tones, from pale pink-lavender to intense royal purple. It is a gemstone displaying pleochroi sm, meaning additional tones of red and blue can appear depending on the direction light strikes the gem. Rose De France amethyst was a very popular gem during the Victorian era. It is currently experiencing a revival in popularity as part of a general awakening to the beauty of pastel gems.
First appearing in Europe in 1727, Brazilian amethyst soon became highly fashionable in France and England. Rose De France amethyst is mined in the Minas Gerais, Bahia and Marabá regions of Brazil.