February Birthstone is Amethyst
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. The name comes from the Ancient Greek ἀ a- (“not”) and μέθυστος méthystos (“intoxicated”), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief it would prevent intoxication.
Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it.
In the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia.
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