"Amethyst dissipates evil thoughts and quickens the intelligence."
Leonardo da Vinci
Amethyst, a violet colored quartz, is the birthstone for February. It is said that
Purple Amethyst Necklace by Jealousydesign
Amethyst has a long history as a gemstone. It was highly valued in the ancient civilazations of Mesopotamia. They created seals by engraving a religious design and the owner's name. The engraving was then transferred onto legal documents.
The Greeks believed that drinking wine from a cup of amethyst would keep them from becoming intoxicated. This belief stems from a Greek myth in which Dionysus created the stone. There are variations of this myth.
Amethyst heart ornaments by SewnNatural
Crocheted Plush Jellyfish by sabahnur
Up to the 18th century amethyst was one of the most valuable gemstones. It was only when large deposits of it were found in places such as Brazil that it dropped in value. It is not uncommon for amethyst geodes to be the size of a human.
Mermaid Necklace by RedChair
The Navigator Necklace by noblegnome
Until next month when we discuss Aquamarine!