I bought this necklace in Singapore in the 1980s as did most of the expatriates I knew. There are 6 separate strands about 39". Each pearl is approximately 1/4" by 1/8". Wear 1 to 6 strands full length or take the six strands and twist them to be a choker closed with the gold plated ring provided. The choker in the photo is 17". Excellent vintage condition.