Well ... the necklace is new, the beads are very old. They are made from fossilized Woolly Mammoth bones. Can you believe that?! I bought the strand of beads and restrung them with a few matte black glass beads in between each. It showcases each bead a bit more and gave the whole necklace a little more length. The beads are about the size of smallish grapes and now with the added glass beads the necklace is now about 32" in length.