Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the most valued member of the quartz family for its variety of purple shades. These can range from deep purple through to pale lilac and lavender. The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated”. Throughout history the desirable quality of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate.
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The Amethyst gemstone is the stone of St. Valentine and of faithful lovers because St. Valentine was thought to have worn an Amethyst ring engraved with the image of Cupid. Wear as an engagement or eternity ring for fidelity, or as a locket to call back lost love.