This is a beautiful strand of bright purple/grape sugilite beads accented with three pieces of natural (un-dyed) Italian red coral. The necklace is complemented by solid 18k gold beads and clasp. 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 3.5 mm. Wire protectors, and crimps, which are subject to wear/stress, are made with gold filled components for greater durability.
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