is the violet-colored member of the quartz family; its name comes
from the Greek amethustos, or "not to intoxicate."
Regarded since ancient times as the stone of royalty and spirituality,
amethyst has been worn over the centuries to guard against intoxication,
aid in meditation, protect travelers, and assure victory in battle.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February, and the gemstone for the
first wedding anniversary.