In many cultures across the world and throughout history, the colour purple has captured the imagination. In the Japanese healing art of Reiki, amethyst crystals are believed to channel positive energies and are often used to help relieve feelings of depression and sadness.  In more recent Christian traditions, Amethyst is known as the Bishop’s Stone and is still worn today by Catholic bishops as a symbol of their spiritual connection with God. Amethyst and Cubic Zirconia Ring in Sterling Silver The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek word amethystostranslating Amethyst and Diamond set Pendant in 9ct Yellow Gold to ‘not drunken’. For this reason, amethyst was thought to ward off intoxication, with many goblets carved out of the stone. Many people wore Amethyst rings in the hopes that more wine could be consumed without falling into a drunken state. Whether you believe in Amethyst’s power to ward off drunkenness or not, we definitely do not recommend testing this theory out! Amethyst and Cubic Zirconia Cocktail Ring in Sterling Silver However, spirituality aside, Amethyst is simply a gorgeous gemstone that regularly graces red carpet events. Adored by fashionistas the world over, amethyst is a semi-precious stone that can be worn by anyone who loves a good splash of colour with their accessories. Starlets seen sporting some Amethyst bling include Zoe Saldana who wore a stunning 80 carat Amethyst ring to the Oscars and Katie Perry whose magnificent Amethyst necklace made a bold statement on the red carpet. February’s Birthstone: Amethyst. Shiels has a fantastic range of Amethyst jewellery, perfect for making strong colour statements or simply a beautiful complement to any outfit. For a February to remember and cherish.