I wove this octahedral beaded bead from Japanese seed beads and the amethyst beads I bought at the Rings and Things show last week. I just had to make something with the amethyst right away and this beaded bead works up relatively quickly. Combined with a wire-wrapped sterling silver headpin and a cord, it makes a lovely little pendant!
I had originally thought to use some Palladium-plated seed beads in the color scheme for this bead, but settled on the colors in one of Margie Deeb's many color schemes. I highly recommend both of her books on color for beaded jewelry! She also has a free monthly newsletter and a Podcast. This particular color scheme is in The Beader's Color Palette.