This necklace is made up of faceted garnet beads with gold plated striated beads. They are strung on burgundy colored thread. Since they are not knotted in between there is about a 1/8" space near the clasp. The largest gold-plated bead measures 6mm and the smaller ones measure 5mm. The clasp works well and is secure. The length is 18.25". Excellent condition.