The amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. Once considered to be more valuable than diamonds, the deep purple gemstone is believed to have a calming, tranquil influence that symbolizes peace. The word amethyst comes from Ancient Greece where the name was taken from the Greek word for sober “amethystos,” At the time, the gemstone was associated with the god of wine, and so it became common for the Greeks to serve their wine from amethyst goblets to guard against drunkenness and instil a sober mind. The reference could also be due to the wine-like colour of the gemstone. To be called an amethyst the gemstone has to be purple. Its colour is unparalleled and is often found with many different shades of purple, lilac and mauve. As purple is often the colour associated with royalty, the purple hue of Februarys birthstone often appealed to monarchs as a symbol of their power. Amethysts have widespread availability and are usually mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Zambia, Australia and in the mountains of Russia. The gemstone is a member of the quartz family and occurs naturally as crystals within rocks, however when exposed to strong sunlight for a long time they can begin to change colour, giving each one colouring, unique to its location. The amethysts spiritual properties are mainly associated with wisdom, sobriety, spirituality and security. The amethyst was worn by Ancient Egyptians for protection against witchcraft, self-deception as well as guilty and fearful feelings. The gemstones powerful spiritual properties mean that the amethyst has been used to open the spiritual and psychic centres to this day, where it is still worn by healers and during meditation, due to its positive influences and its ability to focus energy. During healing, the stone can be used to overcome problems with the blood, breathing, headaches, insomnia and is also a stabilizing force for those struggling to overcome addictive behaviours. However, it is not just found being worn by healers or psychics. Celebrities born under the amethyst gemstone such as Drew Barrymore, Princess Stephanie of Monaco and singer Roberta Flack all choose to wear amethysts in their birthstone jewellery. Celebs have proved that donning your birthstone as part of your jewellery is now considered fashionable and individual, and could be a perfect gift for a friend or loved one born in February. The amethyst set in silver in a ring or necklace is a unique and special way to share the amethysts positive energies with someone you love. Another great gift to share with someone you care about is a Psychic Reading. We have now introduced Psychic Light Gift Vouchers. All you need to do to purchase one is simply go to our Gift Voucher website page www.psychiclight.com/gift-vouchers. Select the amount of money you want to pay and we will email you a gift voucher for the correct amount of minutes that you can present to the recipient. 10% bonus minutes are given for all purchases over £60. A pre-pay account is set up with the purchased minutes and once they are used up the recipient can continue to use the account and top up minutes as and when they like. For full details on the pre-pay service see the FAQ page: www.psychiclight.com/pre-pay-faq Finally a very Happy Birthday to all our readers born this month!