Give your designs a regal touch with the Dakota Stones amethyst 7x12mm faceted nugget beads. Available by the strand, these beads feature a nugget shape formed by the irregular facets cut into the surface. Each bead features deep purple coloring accented by subtle hints of cloudy white. Amethyst is the official birthstone of February, so use these beads in gifts. Amethyst's name is derived from the Greek amethystos meaning not drunken, because people of ancient times believed it to protect the wearer from drunkenness. Mined in USA, Uruguay, South America and Africa, today this gemstone is believed to promote happiness. Add these beads to a chunky bracelet for a look full of dimension.