From the Greek word meaning “without drunkeness”. They beleived the Amethyst would protect one from excess of drink. Goblets were inlaid with Amethyst in the belief that this would prevent intoxication.
Amethysts are generally worn to make the wearer have an air of gentleness and amiability. Similarly, amethysts are still commonly believed to hold powers over dreams, peace, healing, love, courage, spiritual uplifting, and a general overall happiness.