The amethyst is the perfect gift for the February birthday girl, but you might prefer not to tell her what the name means. It derives from the Greek amethustos, meaning “without drunkenness”, and was traditionally worn to ward against over-indulgence of alcohol. It is also known as the Bishop’s stone – kissing his ring was said to protect against mystical intoxication. On a sweeter note, legend has it that an amethyst placed under your pillow...
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