Over the years, gemstones have been attributed dozens of characteristics, or assigned to different signs of the zodiac. In more modern times, the American National Association of Jewelers assigned each month a particular gemstone. In that listing, February was assigned Amethyst, a gorgeous purple stone. In Greek legend, Amethysts were supposed to provide protection from intoxication, and revelers would drink wine from amethyst goblets to ward off over-indulgence. Purple was also considered a regal color, mostly because the dye to create it was so rare that
only royalty could afford it, so purple amethysts have been found in royal goods throughout the centuries. Amethysts have also been used as symbols of spirituality and piety, decorating churches and crosses. A gift of amethyst is said to provide protection and give the wearer the power to overcome difficulty. Amethysts are great anniversary or love gifts, since they are said to strengthen romantic ties. Whether or not amethysts really have these powers, their deep luxurious tones and beauty will make the wearer feel like royalty!