Amethyst. A variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. It is much used as a jeweler's stone. In value it is about the same as the garnet.
“God often bestows temporal prosperities on the wicked, to show how lightly he esteems what the world is so dazzled with; but crosses he reserves for his own, whom he would humble under his Almighty hand, and make them the objects of his delight.”