Amethyst is one of the most popular and mystical gemstones: worn by the ancient Romans as a talisman; written about by Leonardo da Vinci who said the gem had the power to protect against evil thoughts and sharpen intelligence; and to this day, amethysts are featured in the Tibetan rosary as the Buddhists believe the gem enhances the peace and tranquility of meditation.
Amethysts come in a variety of shades and colors, from pink to the deepest royal purple which is the sweet flavor of Le Vian®'s Candy Colors® Amethyst. Brazil and Zambia are the major producers of gem quality amethyst.
Very large sizes of rich, deep color amethyst are very rare. An amethyst which weighs more than 1,000 carats can be seen The Smithsonian Institution, whose gem gallery is home to some of the most famous Amethyst gems in the world dating back to the early 1900's. Other famous amethysts housed at The Smithsonian include: the 96-carat heart-shaped Morris Amethyst brooch; a 56-carat square, cushion-cut amethyst necklace that displays a deep purple color with flashes of red.
DEEP SEA BLUE TOPAZTM
Legend has it that topaz dispels all enchantment and helps improve eyesight. In ancient times, it was believed that topaz had the power to increase strength and make the wearer invisible. Today, the gem is favored for its exquisite blue hue which can range from cool icy blues as featured in Le Vian®'s Ocean Blue TopazTM to the deep, Mediterranean blues in Deep Sea Blue TopazTM.
An interesting characteristic of topaz is its ability to build up a distinct electrical charge from heat or friction that it will retain for several hours. Blue is the most popular topaz color which is obtained through a diffusion treatment that is permanent.
COSTA SMERALDA EMERALDSTM
Egypt's Cleopatra favored emeralds as did the Moguls of India who wore them as talismans. Later, Spanish explorers discovered the fabulous green gem. The rich green hue is symbolic of the color of spring symbolizing loving and rebirth.
Costa Smeralda EmeraldsTM are named for the majestic Emerald Coast in Sardinia, one of the most breathtaking beaches in the Mediterranean. The Costa Smeralda EmeraldTM collection features meticulously matched diamond cut, gem quality emeralds pave set in Le Vian® Strawberry Gold®, accented with Vanilla Diamonds®. To create these signature pieces, Le Vian® searched the world for the clearest and rarest emeralds, looking to create a work of art. Le Vian® artisans chose the finest color and clarity natural emerald melee found in the world today and re-cut every one into a diamond-cut round brilliant-shaped sparkle of luxury. The difficult painstaking process of acquiring this quality of emeralds and re-cutting and matching them has resulted in very limited quantities that can only be supported in a handful of stores.