This necklace has an incredible 36 strands of black microbeads! They are connected with Egyptian style, silvertone bead holders, and there is also a large ribbed bead at the bottom. The necklace is 28" long, with a hook clasp. The large bead has about a 1.25" diameter. There is some age-related patina to the metal, which adds to the character. The necklace is relatively heavy, at 7 ounces. I'm amazed someone had the patience to thread all of these beads, which I believe makes this necklace a masterpiece!