Birthstones February Amethyst

Amethyst, gemstone for the month of February or for Pisces sunsign (18 Feb – 20 Mar)is associated with the quartz family and is  a beautiful blend of violet and red. Besides being the Gemstone for February it is also used to celebrate 6th and 17th year of marriage. A in its name stands for ‘not’ while Methystos stands for ‘intoxicated’ and hence it is believed that the wearer of the gemstone is protected against drunkenness.

Usually purple in colour, the gemstone can also be found in light pinkish violet to a deep purple colour that can transmit either blue or red colour depending on the light. It is said to have a power to stimulate the restless emotions owing to which it is also called ‘gem of fire’.

Talking of the tales associated with the gemstone, it is said that Leonardo da Vinci once said that amethyst holds power to dissipate evil thoughts, to quicken intelligence, and to make men shrewd in business matters.