Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February, and it is a beautiful, vibrant purple stone. It has long been associated with royalty, and was often used to adorn crowns and scepters. It was also believed to give the wearer courage and strength.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz, and is usually found in shades of deep purple, but can also range from light lavender to a dark, almost blackish hue. It is a relatively hard stone (7 on the Mohs scale), making it suitable for jewelry and other decorative items.
The name comes from the Greek word "amethystos," which translates to "not drunken." It was believed that amethyst could protect the wearer from drunkenness, and it was often carried by monks and used in religious ceremonies.
Amethyst is believed to enhance balance, inner peace, and clarity. It is said to help increase intuition, as well as to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help with spiritual healing and is said to be beneficial for those who are dealing with grief and loss.
Whether you have a February baby or just appreciate beautiful stones, amethyst is a stunning gemstone to have in your collection.