Amethyst, Matte, Natural, Smooth Round in sizes 6mm & 8mm

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Amethyst, Matte, Natural, Smooth Round. This price is for one strand 15 to 16 inches long. 

4mm strands have 90 to 95 pieces

6mm strands have 60 to 65 pieces

8mm strands have 43 to 48 pieces 

10mm strands have 33 to 38 pieces 

Quartz is a hard, crystalline mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms. Quartz is the second most abundant  mineral in Earth's continental crust, behind feldspar.

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz which is is transparent to translucent. It owes its violet color to natural irradiation, impurities of iron and in some cases other metals or trace elements.  Amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet color to a deep purple color. 

The name comes from the Greek amethystos from "not" and methyo for "intoxicate", a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness.   

High quality amethyst can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Uruguay, and the far East. The ideal grade is called "Deep Siberian". Amethyst is produced in abundance in Brazil and Uruguay where it occurs in large geodes within volcanic rocks. The largest opencast amethyst vein in the world is in Austria. It is also found in South Africa, India, Canada and Zambia. 

Amethyst occurs at many localities in the United States, in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Several South Carolina amethysts are on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. 

Amethyst is the state gemstone of South Carolina. 

Hardness 7

The source of these beads is South Africa and they are cut, drilled and polished in China.

This is a natural stone that has had no treatment other than cutting, drilling, and polishing and the matte treatment mentioned here.

Matte beads have a velvety or frosted surface, rather than a shiny or reflective surface. These stones undergo additional tumbling that require knowledge of the material and skill. Each stone type requires a different amount of time in the tumbler depending on the material's hardness and characteristics. The matte finish also creates a variation in color from the traditional finish of the bead.