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Let’s learn some fun facts about Amethyst gemstones. When people think of purple gemstones, Amethyst comes to mind, even though other gems might have purple varieties, the deep beautiful Amethyst is the quintessential purple stone. The name is derived from the Greek word amethustos, which means intoxicated—the word ”amethustos" with the “a” as a prefix means not drunk. Fittingly, Amethysts are fabled to protect the wearer from drunkenness. There are many fun myths and stories connected to Amethyst gemstones. One such fable was invented by the French poet Remy Belleau, in which Bacchus, the god of intoxication was unsuccessfully pursuing a maiden named Amethyste. The young maiden prayed to remain chaste, and Diane, the goddess of chastity, answered her requests by transforming her into stone. Impressed by the sincerity of Amethyste, Bacchus poured wine over the stone as an offering; this dyed the stone purple, creating the Amethyst gemstone.   Another variation of this tale involves Dionysus, who in a fit of rage swore to kill the next mortal he saw by placing fierce beasts in his path. To his regret, the next mortal happened to be a lovely young girl named Amethystos, who was on her way to pray to Artemis. Artemis spared her life, turning her into quartz stone to protect her from the wrath of Dionysus’ ferocious animals. When Dionysus saw the beauty of the stone statue he wept tears of remorse and, and those tears turned the quartz purple.

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