Lavender Haze: Rose de France the Sweetheart of Gemstones

Rose de France is a lesser-known variation of amethyst.  Delicate and chic this gemstone is known for its light pinkish-lilac hue and soft, romantic appeal.  As a jewelry designer that uses a lot of natural gemstones and color in my designs, I am captivated by the unique beauty and versatility of Rose de France.  Since we don’t hear about this stone often here is a bit more of an in depth look at what makes Rose de France so special, its origins, and how it can be beautifully incorporated into fine jewelry.

The Origins and Characteristics of Rose de France

Rose de France is a type of amethyst, a variety of quartz known for its purple coloration. What sets Rose de France apart is its distinct color, which ranges from a light pinkish-lilac to a soft lavender. This pastel shade is often described as ethereal and feminine, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a more understated and elegant gemstone.

The gemstone's name, "Rose de France," evokes a sense of romance and sophistication, reminiscent of the delicate hues found in French gardens.   The name is believed to have originated in the early 20th century, particularly popularized during the Art Nouveau period when delicate, pastel-colored gemstones were highly favored in jewelry design.  This naming convention helped market the gemstone's unique and appealing color, setting it apart from the more commonly known darker purple amethysts.

The Allure of Rose de France in Jewelry Design

As a jewelry designer, I am always on the lookout for gemstones that offer both uniqueness and versatility.  Rose de France fits this criterion perfectly.  Its soft hue offers a beautiful natural look that is versatile to wear while not getting washed out by gold settings.  This stone is also available in a wide variety of sizes and cuts making it a fun stone to work with. 

As for wear, Rose de France Amethyst is a fairly durable gemstone that is well-suited for use in jewelry. It has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, which measures a mineral's resistance to scratching.  This makes amethyst reasonably resistant to everyday wear and tear.  However, while amethyst is quite durable, it is not as hard as gemstones like diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.

Birthstone alternative:  A lot of February birth month gals are not a fan of the deep purple that we see in typical Amethyst.  Although regal deep purple is a gorgeous color it is definitely harder to match with outfits and wear everyday.  This is where Rose De France’s more neutral look is a perfect substitute.  With its more pinkish  lavender tone it’s a subtle color that can be worn all year long.

Revival Teardrop Birthstone in Rose De France

Revival Teardrop Rose De France - ParkFord    

Versatility in Design: The subtle coloration of Rose de France allows for creative freedom in design. It pairs beautifully with other gemstones, such as diamonds, white topaz, or even deeper-colored amethysts, creating stunning contrast and visual interest. Additionally, the gemstone can be set in various metals, including white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, each bringing out different aspects of its unique hue.

Symbolism and Meaning

Like other amethysts, Rose de France is believed to carry certain metaphysical properties.  It is often associated with calmness, clarity, and emotional healing. For those who appreciate the deeper meanings behind their jewelry, Rose de France can be a meaningful addition to their collection, symbolizing peace and inner strength.

Here are some symbolic meanings and associations often attributed to Rose de France:

Calmness and Serenity: The soft, gentle hue of Rose de France is often associated with calmness and tranquility. It is believed to bring peace and relaxation to its wearer, helping to soothe the mind and reduce stress.

Emotional Healing: Rose de France is thought to aid in emotional healing and balance. Its delicate color is often linked to the heart chakra, promoting love, compassion, and emotional well-being.

Spiritual Growth: Like other amethysts, Rose de France is associated with spiritual growth and enlightenment. It is believed to enhance intuition, meditation, and spiritual awareness.

Love and Romance: The romantic, pastel color of Rose de France evokes feelings of love and affection. It is often seen as a symbol of gentle, nurturing love, making it a popular choice for romantic jewelry gifts.

Clarity and Focus: Rose de France is thought to help clear the mind and improve focus, making it beneficial for those seeking mental clarity and decision-making support.

Feminine Energy: The soft, feminine hue of Rose de France is associated with feminine energy and qualities such as gentleness, kindness, and nurturing.

These symbolic meanings add depth and significance to Rose de France jewelry, making it not only a beautiful accessory but also a meaningful one. Whether worn for its aesthetic appeal or its symbolic attributes, Rose de France remains a cherished gemstone with a rich array of positive associations.

As for famous Rose de France pieces in history, there are no specific pieces that are linked to it.  However many fine jewelry brands and luxury brands are now embracing this stone and using it in their fine jewelry collections.

Incorporating Rose de France into Your Own Jewelry Collection

When designing pieces featuring Rose de France, I focus on highlighting the gemstone's natural beauty while ensuring that the overall design remains timeless and elegant. Here are a few ways to incorporate Rose de France into your jewelry collection:

Timeless Necklaces: A pendant featuring Rose de France can be a versatile addition to any jewelry collection.  It adds a feminine touch to your layers and makes a beautiful statement on it’s own.  

Revival Midi Nouveau in Rose de France and Diamonds

Revival Midi Nouveau Rose de France - ParkFord

Chic Earrings: We paired this lovely gemstone with pink opal beads giving it a more casual luxury look.  Our Palace Drops offer that balance of sparkle and fun that make our pieces distinct yet elegant.

Pink Opal Palace Drop Earrings 

Custom pieces:

Looking for something special that is all your own?  Maybe a Rose de France tennis bracelet or a standout cocktail ring.  If you have a special request for Rose de France we can certainly come up with a beautiful custom design to feature this less known gemstone.  See our custom page to schedule a consultation!

Caring for Your Rose de France Jewelry

To ensure that your Rose de France jewelry remains as beautiful as the day you received it, proper care is essential. Here are a few tips:

Avoid Exposure to Harsh Chemicals: Keep your Rose de France jewelry away from harsh chemicals, such as household cleaners or chlorine, which can damage the gemstone and the metal setting.

Store Properly: When not wearing your jewelry, store it in a soft pouch or a lined jewelry box to prevent scratches and other damage.

Clean Gently: Clean your Rose de France jewelry with a soft cloth and mild soap and water. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners, as they can damage the gemstone.


Rose de France is a beautiful under appreciated gemstone that offers both beauty and versatility. Its delicate pinkish-lilac hue, combined with its elegant simplicity, makes it a perfect choice for a variety of jewelry designs.   Whether you're looking for a statement piece or a subtle everyday accessory, Rose de France can add a touch of refined luxury to your jewelry collection.