Amethyst, a kind of quartz, occurs in various purple hues, from violet to rich purple. Secondary hues can include blues and reds; the combination of these creates amethyst's stunning and unique colors. Amethyst is not known just for its gorgeous color, but also for its power to keep its wearer calm.
Amethyst's name is derived from the Greek “amethustos,” or “not drunken.” The Ancient Greeks believed amethyst protected them from intoxication so they carved their wine goblets from amethyst.
In the Catholic Church, cardinals and bishops donned amethyst necklaces and amethyst rings in order to protect the clergy from intoxication by the Holy Spirit. The connection between amethysts and this calming power is still alive today, as evidenced by the birthstone poem:
The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and care,
If they an amethyst will wear.
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