Amethyst is the lucky stone of the month of February.
A variety of quartz recognised by its many shades of purple, from lilac to deep violet, Amethyst is a gemstone with a long and mysterious history.
10 myths and interesting facts about amethyst, the stone of the month for February.
1 - The amethyst tradition began with the Greek gods who believed that drinking from goblets studded with amethyst gems would prevent drunkenness and excess.
2 - Amethyst is derived from the Greek word amethystos meaning 'not intoxicated'.
3 - Medieval soldiers wore the gem in battle to protect them and help them stay focused.
4 - Amethyst is known as the stone of St Valentine, the patron saint of romantic love, who wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
5 - In modern Europe, royals wore robes and dresses dyed in the rich purple of amethyst and wore the gems as accessories. Even today the Queen of England is seen wearing a brooch from the Kent Amethysts set.
6- Amethyst was as expensive and loved as ruby and emerald until the 19th century, when large deposits were discovered in Brazil.
7 - Camillo Leonardi was an astrologer who wrote that amethyst accelerates intelligence and gets rid of bad thoughts.
8 - A nine-foot cavern in Maine was discovered in 1993 that contained more than a tonne of amethyst crystal.
9- Amethyst fades to a yellow colour when exposed to sunlight for a long period of time.
10 - Today, amethyst is thought to provide the wearer with qualities of stability, peace, courage, concentration, royalty, romance and affection. It makes amethyst the perfect gift for expressing love or protecting oneself from negative thoughts.