Semi-precious gemstones have been used for centuries in healing, energy production and spiritual growth. The stones can be used to heal the mind, body and spirit in a variety of ways. Whatever the need, there is a stone that resonates with the energy to overcome almost any obstacle.
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek ἀ a- ("not") and μέθυστος methustos ("intoxicated"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February.