With Kentucky Derby merriment on the horizon leading into summer’s back-yard barbeques and soirées in the Hamptons, we would like to introduce you to the protective powers of amethyst, a violet variety of quartz and the birthstone for February. Its name is derived from the Greek amethustos, which translates to "not inebriated". Really!
Amethyst was highly prized during antiquity for its sobering effects, and wine goblets were often carved directly from the stone to prevent intoxication. In the middle ages, European soldiers would wear amethyst amulets into battle to keep them composed and level-headed. Many continue to believe it promotes mental sobriety and awareness.
Amethyst was once considered to be one of the cardinal, or most rare and precious, gemstones along with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. However, when huge deposits were found in the New World, namely Brazil, it’s value declined dramatically. This is most fortunate for you because our regal Columbine necklace featuring twenty-one generously-sized globes of polished amethyst strung between charming sterling silver spacers is quite attainable.