AmethystAmethyst comes from the Quartz family. It can come in a variety of purple shade. The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek word 'amethustos' meaning 'not drunk'. Hence you would find wine goblets carved from amethyst stones since it was thought to prevent the drinker from getting drunk!!
Legend has it that one day,Dionysus, the Greek God of wine after drinking a few goblets of wine became quite confrontational and became enraged when a mere mortal refused to show him any respect. He was so provoked that he decided to take out his anger on the next mortal he saw.
Along came Amethyst who was on her way to pay her tribute to the goddess Diana. Dionysus than created two tigers to attack and kill Amethyst. Frightened, Amethyst cried out for goddess Diana. Seeing what was about to happen Goddess Diana turned Amethyst into pure white Quartz thereby preventing her from being attacked. Upon seeing this, Dionysus became grief striken and began to weep . And as the tears dripped into his goblet, Dionysus was so overcome that he collapsed and thereby spilling the contents onto Amethyst. As a result of which the white Quartz absorbed the spilled wine and took on the colour of purple. That is why, Amethyst is is often referred to as the gemstone of the gods.
This is one stone where it has been used by Royalty throughout history. It is said to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety. This is considered to be the stone of the Bishops, who wears it in the form of a ring.
The Rose de France is the name for Brazilian Amethyst and it is lilac in colour with hues of pink.
You can find Amethyst in Brazil, Uruguay,Brazil and Africa.
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