Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry.
The name comes from the Ancient Greek améthystos ("intoxicated"),
a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness.
The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels
decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is a semiprecious
stone and is the traditional birthstone for February..
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