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.
In its purest form, quartz is colorless but is also found in many spectacular colors. Le Vian® offers many different flavors of quartz in its collections including its 2014 Color of the Year Chocolate Quartz, one of the flavors in the Chocolate CravingsTM trend. This delicious quartz brings the flavor of Le Vian Chocolatier® to a new level with its high clarity and luster plus big and bold Chocolate flavor exquisitely revealed through Le Vian®'s proprietary gem cuts. The warm neutrality of Chocolate Quartz® offers the perfect complement to the fashions of today and tomorrow.