You will absolutely love our high quality Amethyst gemstone beads. Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz that is very popular in jewelry designs. The mineral contains a small amount of iron, which gives it its purple tint. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February. Amethyst was considered a precious gemstone by the ancient Egyptians. Now, because of large deposits found in Brazil in the 19th century, amethyst is considered a semiprecious stone.
SmartBeadShopping™ Tip: The word amethyst is derived from the Greek term for "not intoxicated." In ancient Greece and Rome, amethyst was worn and even drinking cups were sometimes made of amethyst in the belief that one would not get drunk while partaking from them. If you drink and bead at the same time -- even while wearing amethyst beads -- we make no warranties about the result.