This handmade, beaded gemstone necklace measures approximately 30 inches long. It is made of various shapes of brass and carnelian beads, interspersed with 4mm amethyst spacers. In the center is a flat carnelian vase bead. Amethyst is said to calm the mind, relieve anxiety, and increase psychic intuition. It is believed to be a powerful protective stone. Some believe it to be a healing stone that can help us overcome addictions and other self-destructive tendencies. Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February, and it is associated with the Zodiac signs of Aquarius, Pisces, and Sagittarius. It is a gift for the 4th, 6th, and 17th years of marriage. Amethyst is the official gemstone for the State of South Carolina. A stone of valor and strength, carnelian is believed to give the wearer courage, confidence, and wisdom. It keeps depression at bay, and it gives the wearer a sense of hope and optimism. Carnelian is believed to boost self-esteem and to aid in solving problems. It protects from negative emotions and dispels apathy and laziness. A stone of action and fire, it is even believed to increase physical energy. Carnelian is associated with the Zodiac signs of Aries, Scorpio, Leo, and Virgo. It is an alternate birthstone for the month of July.