This is a top grade strand of bright royal purple “gel” sugilite beads 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 3.0 mm except for the center bead which is 10.0 mm. 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.