posted on Nov, 24 2006 @ 01:11 PM
The Greek word "amethystos" can be translated as "not drunken." Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why
wine goblets were often carved from it. Supposedly, when a drunken Dionysus was pursuing a maiden called Amethystos, who refused his affections, she
prayed to the gods to remain chaste. The goddesss Artemis granted the prayer, transforming her into a white stone; humbled by Amethystos' desire to
remain chaste, Dionysus poured wine over the stone she had become as an offering, dying the crystals purple.