Amethyst. The calmness of blue mixed with the passion of red gives birth to the majestic colour of purple.

The word amethyst comes from amethystos, meaning ‘not drunk’ in Greek.

An ancient Greek myth explains this seemingly odd name. According to the myth, Bacchus the Greek god of wine, relentlessly pursued a maiden named Amethyste.

Terrified, Amethyste called out to Diana the goddess of chastity for help, who turned her in to clear crystal in order to save her.

Bacchus, remorseful for the fate he had so recklessly caused the girl, poured the wine over the stone which gave the crystal its unique purple coloring.

Ancient Greeks used to believe that Amethyst could guard them against being drunk and often set this gem into their goblets to assure sobriety.

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