The February birthstone, amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, “amethyst” comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”
For those who celebrate a February birthday, amethyst is a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength. St. Valentine, the patron of love, is said to have worn an amethyst ring carved with the image of cupid.