February's Birthstone- The Amethyst

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family. It must be purple to be amethyst, but it can display a range of shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve. Top quality amethyst is a deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes. Its purple color made it a stone of royalty for many thousands of years. 

Throughout history amethyst has been used to guard against drunkenness and in overcoming addiction. It has been used for hearing disorders, insomnia, headaches and other pain. It has been suggested that it is used to stabilize mental disorders.
It is thought to make the wearer gentle and amiable. Amethyst "powers" include: dreams, healing, peace, love, spiritual fulfillment, courage,  psych ism, protection against thieves, and happiness.


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