Amethyst--February's Birthstone

FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE--AMETHYST If you were born in February, your birthstone is amethyst—the purple variety of quartz. Its lilac to deep purple hues can be cut into many shapes and sizes, and it can be manufactured in a lab as well as mined. The name “amethyst” derives from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness,” a benefit long ascribed to the purple birthstone. Because of its wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyst was also believed to keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted in battle and business affairs. Amethyst lore includes several claims to mystical powers, including that it would convey strength

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