amethyst

sobriety .  contemplation  .  tranquility

birthstone:  February
anniversary:  6th, 9th

The ancient Greek word "amethustos" means "sober", and it was believed that amethyst could ensure a serious and sober mind.    Amethyst was associated with piety and celibacy during the Middle Ages.  It was often worn by church clergy and incorporated into religious relics.  

Amethyst is known as a stone of peace.  It quiets the mind and is excellent for meditation.  It is said to bring forth the highest aspirations of the human mind and guard against evil thoughts.  It is believed to be a natural tranquilizer which alleviates stress and calms fears.  Wearing amethyst to bed is supposed to drive off insomnia and nightmares.