February Birthstone – Amethyst

February Birthstone – Amethyst

The amethyst, February’s birthstone, has a rich history of lore and legend. It can be traced back as far as 25,000 years ago in France, where it was used as a decorative stone by prehistoric humans. It is said to be the stone of Saint Valentine, who wore an amethyst engraved with the figure of his assistant, Cupid.

The word amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunk,” and was believed to prevent its wearers from the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, who legend believes turned a white sparking stone purple. In ancient Rome, amethyst cups were used for wine so drinkers would have no fear of overindulgence. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in business affairs.

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