It is said in Greek legend that Dionysus had been offended by a mortal. In a fit of rage he decided to take revenge on the next mortal to cross his path. Next was a beautiful young maiden, Amethyst. In order to save Amethyst from the tiger, Diana transformed her into the purest form of crystalline quartz. When the eyes of Dionysus beheld the incredibly beautiful statue, they shed tears of deep purple wine that stained the quartz and gave it its attractive color.