Due to it’s deep purple color, amethysts are one of the most popular stones for jewelry. A form of quartz, it the birthstone for February. It is also used to prevent against seduction and intoxication and many other New Age purposes.
Amethysts can be found in Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Bolivia. “Deep Siberian” is one of the most sought-after grades of amethyst. It is a very dark purple with red overtones.
Amethysts can change color depending on the light. When heated, amethysts can turn yellow-orange and may look like citrine. Partially heated amethysts can turn into ametrines. While amethysts can fade if overexposed to light, they can be darkened again with proper treatment.
Amethysts are a great choice to make handmade beaded jewelry because they are widely available, popular, and easy to work with. They come in a wide variety of shades ranging from reddish-purple to navy blue.