Amethyst Beads

Semi-Precious - Amethyst Round Beads Amethyst is a type of natural quartz crystal with a colour that can range from light lilac or lavender to a dark purple or violet. It’s believed that Amethyst gets its colour because of the presence of iron impurities when it was forming. The word Amethyst comes from the Greek word "amethystos" meaning not drunk or intoxicated. It was a belief in ancient Greece that Amethyst would protect its owner from drunkenness, which is why many drinking vessels contained the gemstone. When Amethyst is subjected to heat it looses its colour and becomes a yellow semi-precious gemstone known as Citrine.