In a wild moment a couple years ago I purchased this strand of barbell-shaped carnelian beads. They have waited patiently in my stash ever since. This is their debut! I've matched them up with little lavender lepidolite roundels and Czech glass in "dark amethyst." Hand-forged silver fill earwires. The carnelian is also wrapped onto the same high-quality brass core silver filled wire. The remainder of the silver (the headpins and fine wrapping on the earwire) is sterling.