ORIGINS: Brazil, Uruguay , S. Korea, Russia, India, and Zambia.
PROPERTIES: Amethyst is said to offer protection, humility, spiritual wisdom, and stress relief.
HISTORY: Throughout history, the special virtue of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing that wine drunk from an Amethyst cup would not lead to intoxication. They also believed that an Amethyst worn on the body, especially at the navel, had a sobering effect not only for inebriation but for over-zealousness in passion as well. Catholic bishops also wore Amethyst in a ring to protect them from mystical intoxication. Kissing the ring kept others from similar mystical intoxication and kept them grounded in spiritual thought.