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Amethyst Beads (89)

Amethyst is a beautiful purple gemstone that is a form of quartz. This lovely violet stone has been worn as jewelry since ancient times. It used to be quite rare and expensive, but discovery of large deposits in Brazil and other places has made this lovely gem much more accessible to today’s jewelry makers. At the Bead Traders, buying Amethyst Beads online has never been easier. Because we buy in volume, we offer affordable beads and beading supplies every day.

Gold Leafed Amethyst Natural Crystal Focal Pendant 1 Piece
Amethyst Faceted Cushion Beads 6 inch 17 pieces
Amethyst Plain Pear Beads 8 inch 64 pieces

Amethyst Plain Pear Beads 8 inch 64 pieces

$38.00

Beads range from 13x8mm to 18x10mm.

Amethyst Faceted Rondelle Beads 16 inch 100 pieces

Amethyst Faceted Rondelle Beads 16 inch 100 pieces

$80.00

Beads average 7mm to 8mm in diameter.

Came Amethyst Faceted Teardrop Beads 57 pieces

Came Amethyst Faceted Teardrop Beads 57 pieces

$162.00

Sold loose as a collection of 57 beads ranging from roughly 10x6mm to 23x12mm.

Cape Amethyst Faceted Pear Beads 8 inch 9 pieces
Amethyst Straight Drilled Oval Beads 11 inch 25 pieces

Amethyst Straight Drilled Oval Beads 11 inch 25 pieces

$41.00

Beads range from 10x7mm to 13x9mm.

Amethyst Plain Cube Beads 16 inch 105 pieces

Amethyst Plain Cube Beads 16 inch 105 pieces

$55.00

Beads range from 3mm to 4mm in diameter.

Amethyst Checkerboard Rectangle 10 inch 25 pieces

Amethyst Checkerboard Rectangle 10 inch 25 pieces

$42.00

Beads measure 9x8-10x8.5mm. Dark Amethyst Checkerboard Faceted Rectangles exhibit glassy luster, fair cut and polish with a symmetrical shape, colo...

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Matte Amethyst Twist Beads 7.5 inch 53 pieces

Matte Amethyst Twist Beads 7.5 inch 53 pieces

$45.00

Beads average from 10x5mm to 14x7mm.

Matte Shaded Amethyst Heishi Beads 7.5 inch 45 pieces

Matte Shaded Amethyst Heishi Beads 7.5 inch 45 pieces

$30.00

Beads measure 7mm to 9mm in diameter.

Matte Amethyst Shaded Plain Heishi Beads 7.5 inch 55 pieces

Matte Amethyst Shaded Plain Heishi Beads 7.5 inch 55 pieces

$28.00

Beads measure 5mm to 7mm in diameter.

10mm Matte Amethyst Plain Rounds 15.5 inch 38 pieces

10mm Matte Amethyst Plain Rounds 15.5 inch 38 pieces

$14.00

10mm Matte Amethyst Plain Rounds 15.5 inch 38 pieces. Includes Large Hole 1mm Drill Hole.

Amethyst Natural Crystals Focal Bead 1 Piece

Amethyst Natural Crystals Focal Bead 1 Piece

$20.00

Beads range from roughly 28x23mm to 33x29mm. THESE GEM FOCALS DO NOT INCLUDE DRILL HOLES.

Amethyst Faceted Coin Focal Beads 1 Piece

Amethyst Faceted Coin Focal Beads 1 Piece

$15.00

Beads range 17mm to 19mm in diameter.

Amethyst Faceted Coin Focal Bead 1 Piece

Amethyst Faceted Coin Focal Bead 1 Piece

$8.00

Beads measure 14mm to 17mm in diameter.

Amethyst Faceted Rondelle Beads 14 inch 80 pieces

Amethyst Faceted Rondelle Beads 14 inch 80 pieces

$50.00

Beads range in size from 6mm to 8.5mm in diameter.

Ametrine Large Faceted Pear Beads 7 inch 8 pieces

Ametrine Large Faceted Pear Beads 7 inch 8 pieces

$90.00

Beads range from 30mm to 41mm in length.

8mm Amethyst Faceted Side Drilled Oval Beads 8 inch 36 pieces

8mm Amethyst Faceted Side Drilled Oval Beads 8 inch 36 pieces

$20.00

8mm Amethyst Faceted Side Drilled Oval Beads 8 inch 36 pieces

10mm Matte Amethyst Plain Rondelle Beads 8 inch 35 pieces

10mm Matte Amethyst Plain Rondelle Beads 8 inch 35 pieces

$25.00

10mm Matte Amethyst Plain Rondelle Beads 8 inch 35 pieces

Cape Amethyst Faceted Pear Beads 8 inch 15 pieces

Cape Amethyst Faceted Pear Beads 8 inch 15 pieces

$25.00

Beads range in size from 14mm to 23mm in length.

4.5mm Amethyst Faceted Coin Beads 14 inch 70 pieces

4.5mm Amethyst Faceted Coin Beads 14 inch 70 pieces

$15.00

4.5mm Amethyst Faceted Coin Beads 14 inch 70 pieces

6.5x5mm-7.5x5mm Amethyst Straight Drilled Faceted Pear Beads 13 inch 50 pieces

6.5x5mm-7.5x5mm Amethyst Straight Drilled Faceted Pear Beads 13 inch 50 pieces

$15.00

6.5x5mm-7.5x5mm Amethyst Straight Drilled Faceted Pear Beads 13 inch 50 pieces

4.5mm-5mm Amethyst Double Rondelle Silver Chain by the Foot 50 pieces

4.5mm-5mm Amethyst Double Rondelle Silver Chain by the Foot 50 pieces

$8.00

4.5mm-5mm Amethyst Double Rondelle Silver Chain by the Foot 50 pieces


Versatile Quartz

Amethyst is one of the most popular forms of quartz gemstones. Like other varieties of quartz, amethyst beads can be cut and polished into many shapes and sizes. Amethyst can be purchased as natural nuggets, large cabochons or strings of chips. Amethyst gemstone beads are available faceted or smooth, and in shapes ranging from round to square, ovals, pears, hearts, leaves and many others. Artists love amethyst because it can be cut into freeform shapes. If you have a favorite shape, you can probably find it in amethyst beads.

Perfect Purple

The most noticeable attribute of amethyst is its purple color. Amethyst gemstone beads range from the palest lilac to rich roya to almost black. The most valuable gemstones will have a deep, reddish purple color. Inclusions are unusual in amethysts, although it can also be found mixed with other varieties of quartz gemstones, such as citrine. This produces a stone called ametrine that is both purple and yellow. The different colors and shapes of amethyst beads mix well together in pieces of jewelry.  

Birthstone for February

Amethyst is the official birthstone for the month of February. At one time it was only worn by royalty because of its deep purple color, and was considered a precious stone. There is a mythological story from Greece about the origin of amethyst. One of the nymphs of Artemis was being pursued by the god  Dionysus, and Artemis turned her into a stone to protect her. Dionysus turned the stone the color of ripe grapes and gave it the property to protect its wearer against drunkenness. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst would keep drinkers from becoming intoxicated; as a matter of fact, the name of this gemstone comes from the Greek word amethystos, which means ‘sober’.  Jewelry and goblets made of amethyst were were popular with the Greeks and Romans.

Healing Properties

Because of its reputation for soberness, people have worn amethyst beads throughout history in an effort to overcome alcohol addiction. Amethyst is also said to increase mental clarity, wisdom and psychic powers. Put a piece of amethyst under your pillow to guard against bad dreams. The ancient Egyptians believed that amethyst beads gave the wearer courage and protected travelers against thieves.

Bishop’s Stone

To this day, the stones in the rings of most Catholic bishops are made of amethyst. The rings usually have a single large oval-cut amethyst with the diocesan seal cut into it. The oldest surviving bishop’s ring dates back to 610 CE. Many rosaries are still made from amethyst beads today.

Shop our selection of these beautiful, versatile beads at the Bead Traders today!

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