Turtlegirl76 is way smarter than me. She wisely suggested I take a step back, and not hold the camera right on top of the stitch marker (in my non photo genius mind i thought i needed to get closer) and voila!
The top bead is sort of a flat gunmetal-ly purple, the middle bead is amethyst, and the bottom is kind of amber purple. Isn't she pretty? And my first try even.