My favorite birthstone is Amethyst. The beautiful purple color reminds me of the violets that we grow in our office.
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz that is mined Brazil, Uruguay, Zambia and Arizona. Amethyst can come in every shape and size. Amethyst is a very durable and an excellent choice to be used in jewelry. Amethyst is also the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversary.
The lore of amethyst is rich. Amethyst is thought to help the wearer feel peace and tranquility. St. Valentine, the patron of romantic love, was said to have worn an amethyst ring carved with an image of cupid. The great artist Leonardo da Vinci even wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts.
Here are some images of jewelry featuring the amethyst gemstone.