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The transparent to translucent quartz ranges in colour from green to pale lilac to deep royal purple is known as amethyst. The pale colours are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry. Amethyst has been so much in demand during history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty.Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence. The deep colours are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes transparent quartz commands the highest prices and is the most important quartz variety used in jewelry
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