Amethyst has been a popular stone in jewelry since Egyptian times. The name amethyst comes from ancient Greece. One story surrounding its origin is; Dionysus, the god of intoxication -and of wine- was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos, who rejected his affections. Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain pure, Artemis answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethystos’s desire to remain pure, Dionysus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.