Amethyst (February Birthstone)

Amethyst is the most valued quartz variety. It ranges from lilac to deep purple in hue and inclusions are typically not very visible.

Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered. At one time, only royalty could wear the gemstone. Consider a stunning amethyst for the king or queen of your heart – or treat yourself to a royal present.

Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for the month of February. Amethyst is also given to celebrate the sixth wedding anniversary.

Ancient Greeks believed the gemstone to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage, personal empowerment and inner strength. They also thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication due in fact that, “amethyst” comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”