Amethyst’s name is derived from the Greek ‘amethustos’, meaning ‘sober’. Ironically, Greeks believed that the stone received its trademark purple color from the tears of Dionysus, the god of wine and debauchery, and that, if one drank from a chalice made entirely of amethyst, they would remain sober. Appropriately enough, Egyptians associated it with the image of a goat, a traditional foe of vines and vineyards, and thus a symbol of sobriety. This association with a sense of decorum followed into the Middle Ages, where high-ranking members of the Catholic Church wore the gem as a sign of their chastity. Later during the Renaissance, the jewel came to symbolize humility and modesty. Like topaz, a large amount of amethyst is mined in Brazil and in Uruguay.