Approximately 6mm faceted round gemstone beads. 60-74 beads per 16" strand. Amethyst's name is derived from the Greek word amethystos, meaning "not drunken," because people of ancient times believed it to protect the wearer from drunkenness. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February. Questions? Call our friendly sales staff at 1-800-366-2156, or email us.