This rosary is made purely with Swarovski Crystal beads and other Swarovski Elements and accents. The neck piece measure over 24" and so fits easily over the head. The prayer beads themselves are 8mm faceted rounds; the sides are 4mm bicones. there are also Swarovski rondelle spacers used along with Swarovski 6mm AB bicones. I patterned this rosary after their home and away jerseys, as well as their alternate jersey, alternating between the three. As far as the purple beads, when light comes through them, they will not appear quite as deep as they do in these photos. I'm confident that you will be pleased with my work and will not in any way be disappointed. This rosary neither looks or feels cheap, and it has a nice weight to it. It's perfect for wearing or just hanging on your rearview mirror...whatever you choose, it will look great. Swarovski is known for producing the best crystal in the world, so when light hits this piece directly...well, you're in for an even better treat.