Amethyst (February Birthstone)
The royal purple Amethyst has one of the most interesting histories of any gemstone. Ever since mankind first discovered Amethyst around 3000 BC, this accessible gemstone has been believed to possess a wide variety of amuletic qualities and properties. The ancient Egyptians believed Amethyst could keep a person from being poisoned. In medieval times, Amethyst was often put under one’s pillow to cure insomnia and bring pleasant dreams. Medieval churchmen used Amethyst rings and jewels to promote divine revelations and wisdom. Amethyst was also said to enhance courage and creativity, to promote intuition, psychic development and even self esteem, to deflect anger and protect the wearer against evil.
Through the ages this lovely purple member of the quartz family has been used for everything from love charms to symbols of royalty. Yet, for all its noble traditions, Amethyst is a surprisingly affordable gem.
Traditionally associated with royalty and luxury, the Amethyst has become the February birthstone in this century. Amethyst is tough and durable, wears well, and gives modern men and women the look of royalty at very affordable prices.