I was fascinated by the 3.5" elongated hand carved Carnelian Bead, which I used as a vocal point of this necklace.. It is highly polished and a work of art by itself. In Poona, India I found this piece and was lucky enough to find matching hand carved round beads and 2 substantial cylinder beads. I added 2 chrysacola beads and then continued the rhythm with sun stone beads and tiny Tibetan silver beads. The clasp is stainless steel. It is all very unique with a contemporary flair.