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February Birthstone: Amethyst


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The Cursed Amethyst

The Cursed Amethyst, on display at the Vault at the Natural History Museum, on November 27, 2007 in London.

Photo by Cate Gillon / Getty Images

February Birthstone - Amethyst

Amethyst Color
Amethyst is a form of quartz. Its color varies from pale lilac to dark purple.

Amethyst Folklore
Amethyst was believed to help protect the wearer from becoming intoxicated. The gemstone is widely known as a symbol of peace and tranquility.

The "cursed amethyst" in the photo was donated to the Natural History Museum in London. Former owners reported that every individual who has owned the stone since the mid 1850s suffered from some type of disaster or misfortune.

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