Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to both stimulate and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone today, but to the ancients, it was a “Gem of Fire"; a precious stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. Amethyst has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god. Therefore, it should be no surprise that it is the traditional birthstone of that month. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love and signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality; yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety.