Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz. Its gorgeous violet color occurs due to irradiation, impurities consisting of iron and other trace elements. This results in complex crystal lattice replacements in the quartz. Its name comes from the Greek word “A-Methysko,” meaning not intoxicated. This stems from the ancient Greek belief that it would inhibit intoxication, even leading to drinking chalices being carved from amethyst. It has been used throughout history in many different cultures for different folkloric and decorative reasons.
Metaphysical: Some believe, to this day, that amethyst inhibits intoxication. While other beliefs, such as Feng Shui, believe it will bring wealth. Others claim it acts as a calming stone for anxieties and worries.