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Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewellery. The name comes from the Ancient Greek methustos ('intoxicated'), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness; the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. Chemical formula Silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2)

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Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewellery.  The name comes from the Ancient Greek methustos ('intoxicated'), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness; the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. Chemical formula Silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2)