This light-purple amethyst gemstone, known as "Rose de France," features a designer carved cut that commands attention in any design. Goldsmith Sherris Cottier Shank is among the world's most talented gemstone artists and strives to convey an organic and flowing feel in the gemstones she carves, to create what she describes as "one-of-a-kind, hand-carved pieces of art." Her Vortex™-cut gemstones capture and reflect light through curved grooves hand-cut into the pavilion from the girdle to the culet. The crown of the Vortex cut is smooth and rounded, similar to a high-dome cabochon. Viewed through this crown, the swirling cuts below present a whirlpool appearance, a vortex that draws the viewer's eye into what Sherris calls the "heart" of the Vortex gem. In this cut, as with all of her designs, Sherris' goal is to produce gemstones that are, as she puts it, "sleek, modern and mysterious." In the hypnotic irresistibility of the Vortex cut, she has again succeeded.