Show off gleaming beauty in your designs with the Dakota Stones amethyst 8mm faceted roundel beads. Available by the strand, these roundel beads feature diamond-shaped facets cut into the surface for enhanced shine. Each bead features deep purple color with 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. Use these beads in between other beads in neutral colors for a hint of rich color.