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Amethyst, a semi-precious stone, is the traditional birthstone for February.  It is a violet variety of quartz and is found in South America, North America, Africa and Asia.  The best amethyst comes from Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the far east.  Greek for “not-intoxicated”, amethyst was believed to prevent drunkenness and in fact people made wine goblets out of amethyst for that reason.  Amethyst crystals are used to help heal personal loss and grief.  They have a gentle, calming energy that promotes peace and happiness.  Amethyst is also associated with protection and some people believe it wards off the “evil eye”.  Amethyst is said to help with insomnia and headaches.  It is still worn by Catholic Bishops as a symbol of piety and spiritual wisdom.

Whatever its mystical qualities, we love amethyst for its beauty.