Amethyst is purple quartz, and its rich color comes from a blend of violet and red. The word amethyst comes from the Greek word “methustos,” which means intoxicated.
Greeks associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Folklore through the ages places amethyst at some important points in history. Because of its regal purple color, it became a favorite of royalty around the world. Kings and Queens of the middle-ages were adorned with amethyst, as were soldiers who wore it into battle to protect them and keep them focused. The Buddhists also found amethyst useful during meditation and can still be found in Tibetan prayer beads.