The gemstone Amethyst is the Birthstone for February. The origin of the name Amethyst is derived from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “remedy against drunkenness”. This is because the ancients believed that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness.it must always be purple to be amethyst, it can and does have a wide range of purple shades.All gemstones, including Amethyst, are graded by color, cut, clarity and carat weight.The Amethyst is a semiprecious stone, it was originally regarded as a very precious stone, until the immense quantities received from Brazil reduced its value generally.The Amethyst is the stone of St. Valentine, who is said to have always worn it. During the Middle Ages in the days of romance and chivalry, if an amethyst was presented by a lady to her knight, or a bride to her husband in the shape of a heart set in silver, it was said to confer the greatest possible earthly happiness on the pair who would be blessed with good fortune for the remainder of their lives.
Amethyst is the official state gemstone of South Carolina. Several South Carolina amethysts are on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
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