This is a top grade strand of bright red/pink “gel” sugilite beads complemented by solid 18k gold beads and clasp. It has a custom cut and perfectly matched 15.4 ct sugilite focal bead at the center. The large center bead has a slightly different pattern in the material front and back so I have photographed both sides for reference. It can be worn with either side showing depending upon your personal preference. This red/pink colored sugilite is extremely rare and highly sought after by collectors. The last photo in the series shows four sugilite necklaces for comparison.
Sugilite is a relatively new gemstone that is found only in South Africa and is no longer commercially available. The rondelle beads in this strand range from approx. 8 mm down to 4.0 mm except for the center bead which is 14 mm long and 16 mm wide at the widest point. Wire protectors, and crimps, which are subject to wear/stress, are made with gold filled components for greater durability.
Beware of fake sugilite and simulants for sale on the Internet. I have seen dyed chalcedony and jasper marketed as sugilite. You can be confident that you get what you paid for at ARJ.
Learn more about Sugilite at this link.