Symbolic of courage and stability, Ancient Greeks believed amethysts protected from drunkenness by warding off Bacchus’s powers. Composed of quartz, February’s vibrant purple birthstone was a favorite of both St. Valentine and Leonardo da Vinci.
The birthstone of February, amethyst has long been included in crown jewels and associated with royalty. It’s vibrant color and availability has made it a popular stone for jewelry. One of many varieties of quartz gemstone, its characteristic purple hue can be found in a wide range from pale lavender to deep reddish-purple. Amethysts have often symbolized clear thinking and quick wit.