The name derives from the Greek word ametusthos, which means ‘not intoxicated’.
It comes from an ancient legend in which the wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself, decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal was a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana who saved her by turning her into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue.
Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate, and a stone worn on the body, especially at the navel, had a sobering effect on overindulgence and physical passions.
Amethyst is one of the most spiritual stones. It is linked to the crown and throat chakra. It overcomes addictions of all kinds It helps to purify the mind and clear negative thoughts. It assists in clairvoyance and intuition. It can cure insomnia and protects against nightmares. It promotes love of the divine.