The birthstone for February is the beautiful and captivating amethyst. This stone has a unique history and legend. It can be traced back as far as 25,000 years ago in France, where it was used as a decorative stone and has also been found among the remains of Neolithic man.
The ancient Greeks believed that this gemstone had many powers, including protection against intoxication. The word amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning sober. In ancient Greece, it was common practice to serve wine from amethyst goblets with the belief this would prevent overindulgence.
Amethyst is a member of the quartz family, occurring naturally as crystals within rocks. A gift of amethyst is symbolic of protection and the power to overcome difficulty. It is said to strengthen the bond of love in a relationship and is an ideal anniversary gift. Read on for some of our favorite looks in amethyst jewelry.