Since ancient Greece, Amethyst has been traditionally worn to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind. The Greek meaning of the word means 'without drunkenness'.
Birthstone zodiac sign: Aquarius
Associated month: February
Amethyst is the birthstone for the people born in the month of February, and is South Carolina's state gemstone.
Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond.
Amethyst is firmly believed to have many attributes throughout the ages, and all of them are pretty good. This gem was thought to control evil thoughts, protect soldiers from battle injuries, sharpen individual intelligence, make a shrewd man in his business, help the warrior to achieve victory, help the hunter in search of his prey, protect the owner from various contagious diseases. Natural Amethyst is well known as a gem that would bring forth the highest, purest aspirations of human kind. Chastity, sobriety, and control over one’s thoughts were all attributes heightened by wearing the stone. The gem would act as a guard against the anger of passion, and the violent or base nature of its wearer. This gemstone is well known among the astrologers to encouraged calm, bravery, and contemplation.