Amethyst, one of the world’s most adored stones for centuries, is found all over the world in places such as Europe, the USA, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico and Africa. With its history tracing all the way back to 25,000BCE it has been prized by even the Ancient Greeks and Romans from being used as beads in jewellery to the main piece of a beautiful amulet. These ancient civilizations thought of Amethyst as a crystal that was synonymous with luxury, even adorning crowns, scepters, and rings.
Amethyst’s name comes from the Ancient Greek word, μεθύω or methuó which means “not drunken”. The legend of the origin of Amethyst comes from an Ancient Greek myth. “The god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre, Dionysus was angered one day by an insult from a mortal who refused him acknowledgment. Enraged, Dionysus vowed to unleash his fury upon all mortals who did not partake in his gifts of wine and drunkenness. Unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana appeared and was detained by the wrathful god. Dionysus summoned two fiercely voracious tigers to devour the youth and sat back with his wine to watch. Amethyst cried out to Diana. When Diana saw what was about to transpire she quickly transformed the young mortal into a statue of pure white crystalline quartz to protect her from Dionysus’ tigers. At the sight of the beautiful statue, Dionysus was moved with pity and realized the ruthlessness of his actions and began to weep with sorrow. As the tears dripped into his goblet Dionysus collapsed and the tear-tainted wine ran out onto the stone from the tipped cup. The white stone then absorbed the colour from the wine creating the stone now called amethyst.”