Lavender Quartz is a rare, pinkish-purple gemstone that only comes from the Boquira Mine in the northern Brazilian state of Bahia. Named for the flower, Lavender Quartz’s attractive color in combination with its delicate brilliance are what makes this gem so desirable.
Refractive Index 1.544 – 1.553
Relative Density 2.64 – 2.69
Exuding both beauty and femininity, Lavender Quartz’s pinkish-purples meld with a soft, silky brilliance due to this gem’s translucency. Delightful lavenders shimmer and dance throughout this gem, akin to the appearance of opalescence in Opal and adularescence in Moonstone. Please note this is a visual similarity only, Lavender Quartz possesses no optical phenomena. Brazil is not only home to much of the world’s Quartz gemstones, but by default, also home to some of the world’s best Quartz lapidaries. This is the secret to unlocking the soft, colorful brilliance of Lavender Quartz. Semitransparent to translucent, Lavender Quartz is finished eye-clean, the highest quality clarity grade for colored gemstones.
Originating from the flower of the same name, ‘lavender’ was first used as a color descriptor in 1705. Visually similar to Blue Moon Quartz and Rose Quartz, Lavender Quartz’s attractive color in combination with its delicate brilliance are what makes this gem so desirable. Olive is the complementary color of lavender; from Peridot to Ouro Verde Quartz, Lavender Quartz presents a myriad of fashion opportunities to ‘mix & match’ jewelry ensembles in complementary colors.
Lavender Quartz is a variety of macrocrystalline (large crystal) Quartz that comes in rare lavenders, a pastel tint of violet (medium violet or a light pinkish-purple). Neither Amethyst nor a Chalcedony, this uncommon addition to the Quartz family has it owns unique color and is only available from a single mine. Mined directly from host rock, Lavender Quartz comes from the Boquira Mine in the municipality (município) of Oliveira dos Brejinhos in the northern Brazilian state of Bahia. The Borquria Mine opened in 1956 and is currently no longer producing.
Durability & Care
Lavender Quartz is a durable gemstone (Mohs’ Hardness: 7) well-suited to everyday wear. Always store Lavender Quartz carefully to avoid scuffs and scratches. Clean with gentle soap and lukewarm water, scrubbing behind the gem with a very soft toothbrush as necessary. After cleaning, pat dry with a soft towel or chamois cloth.