Amethyst, the purple variety of Quartz, can range in pale lilac to royal purple, to nearly brown or reddish. Because of its wine-like color, the early Greeks associated it with Dionysus, the god of wine and pleasure. The name, Amethyst, comes from the Greek word, amethystos, which means not drunken. Therefore, it was believed to keep its bearer clear-minded and to ward off drunkenness. This crystal was once as valuable as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, but thankfully for us today, it is widely accessible for many.
Amethyst is said to encourage selflessness and spiritual wisdom while improving motivation. It is a meditative gem that aids in providing a sense of calm, balance, and peace, thus often resulting in better sleep and fewer nightmares. Many use Amethyst to aid with sobriety or fight addictive behaviors.