The birthstone for February is amethyst, a variety of quartz with a range of beautiful purple colours.
Historically, amethysts from Russia adorned the jewellery and clothing of European royalty and nobles for centuries. The ancient Greeks thought that amethysts helped people keep a level head (apparently by protecting them from drunkenness).
In modern times, Brazil is a major source of amethysts, as well as Zambia, South Korea and India. The largest amethyst mine in North America is located in Thunder Bay! Amethyst is widely available, making it an affordable option for all varieties of jewellery.