February's Birthstone: Amethyst
The name amethyst is said to derive from the Greek word 'amethystos', which loosely translates as 'not drunken', which in turn is believed to originate from the Greek legend of Dionysus, the god of wine and mischief.
Amethyst dissipates evil thoughts and quickens the intelligenceLeonardo Da Vinci
It was believed that wearing amethyst would prevent you from suffering the adverse effects of excessive alcohol consumption - so, in order to prevent intoxication, drinks were often sipped from Amethyst-encrusted goblets.
The birthstone for February, amethyst is considered a protection stone; believed to attract strength and offer protection from bad dreams and stress. Popular in the 19th century, it was a favourite gemstone of the Art Nouveau movement.