February 8th, 2021 | Categories: Uncategorized
February’s birthstone is Amethyst, a lightlavender to vivid purple stone in the quartz family. Amethyst was long-considered one of the most valuable gemstones, along with diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald, until large deposits were discovered in Brazil in the 19th century, happily making this lovely gem more widely available to everyone.
Amethyst’s name derives from the Greek amethystos, which roughly translates to “not drunken.” The stone is reputed to keep the wearer clearheaded and quick-witted, and used as a remedy against drunkenness. Goblets were carved out of the stone, in