Amethyst is prized especially for its great beauty. It was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglios. Collections of beads have been found stored in pots dating to circa 1800 B.C. It is the birthstone associated with February although other birthdays are able to wear it. These 8mm Amethyst Bead Stud earrings are pretty on their own or wear with the matching necklace for an elegant set. Please note that natural gemstones do vary in colour so may not be identical with their illustrations. Many earrings use hand-crafted beads and so may show slight variations in size and shape. Handmade.