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Amethyst Beads

Amethyst Beads (120)

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.

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    Cape Amethyst Faceted Coin Beads 15 inch 60 pieces

    Beads measure between 6mm and 6.5mm in diameter.

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    Cape Amethyst Faceted Tube Focal Bead 1 Piece

    Beads average about 24x9mm.

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    Cape Amethyst Faceted Marquise Focal Bead 1 Piece

    Beads average about 22x10mm.

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    Cape Amethyst Faceted Pear Focal Beads 3 Pieces

    Beads range from 17x12mm to 25x17mm.

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    Cape Amethyst Tube Focal Bead 1 Piece

    Beads average about 23x7mm.

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    Silver Leafed Amethyst Drusy Focal Pendant 1 Piece

    Silver Leafed Drusy focal beads are hand crafted with a layer of silver on Amethyst Drusy specifically chosen for their tiny crystals and sparkle. ...

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    Gold Leafed Amethyst Drusy Rectangle Connector 1 Piece

    Gold Leafed Amethyst Drusy focal beads are hand crafted with a layer of gold on Agate Drusy specifically chosen for their tiny crystals, color and ...

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    Amethyst Faceted Pear Beads 12 inch 90 pieces

    Beads average about 10x8mm.

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    Amethyst Faceted Oval Beads 8 inch 29 pieces

    Beads measure between 6x5mm and 8x6mm.

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    Amethyst Checkerboard Faceted Rectangle Beads 8 inch 22 pieces

    Beads average about 9x8mm.

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    4mm Amethyst faceted rondelle Black Gold Chain by the foot 34 pieces

    4mm Amethyst faceted rondelle Gunmetal Chain by the foot 34 beads per length on this custom manufactured Rosary Style Chain. 3 Quantity = 3 continu...

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    2mm Light Amethyst Microfaceted Round Beads 12 inch 140 pieces

    Beads average about 2mm in diameter.

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    2mm Amethyst Microfaceted Round Beads 12 inch 140 pieces

    Beads average 2mm in diameter.

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    Amethyst Faceted Pear Beads 8 inch 45 pieces

    Beads average about 9mm in diameter.

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    Bi Color Amethyst Faceted Pear Beads 8 inch 15 pieces

    Beads range from 26x10mm to 45x14mm.

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    Amethyst checkerboard calibrated faceted coins 12 inch 85 pieces

    Beads measure 4mm in diameter.

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    Amethyst Hammer Faceted Nugget Beads 8 inch 23 pieces

    Beads average about 11x9mm.

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    Dark African Amethyst Hammer Faceted Nugget Beads 8 inch 23 pieces

    Beads average about 11x10mm.

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    Dark African Amethyst Hammer Faceted Beads - Lot of 8

    Includes the 8 strands seen here.

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    Matte Amethyst Plain Nugget Beads 8 inch 17 pieces

    Beads average about 11x8mm.

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    Matte Amethyst Tumbled Plain Nugget Beads 8 inch 15 pieces

    Beads average about 14x11mm.

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    Matte Amethyst Tumbled Plain Nugget Beads 9 inch 17 pieces

    Beads range from about 11x7mm to 18x15mm.

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    Silver Bezeled Cape Amethyst Faceted Pear Pendant 1 Piece

    Beads average about 24mm in diameter.

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    African Amethyst Plain Oval Beads 14 inch 45 pieces

    Beads average about 9x6mm.

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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.

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