Unusally pretty, this bead is crafted from Purple Spiny Oyster, a mollusk that has inhabited the coastal waters dating back to the Mesozoic Era. It's home waters range from North Carolina to Brazil and California to Baja Mexico. In spite of its name, the color is more pinky red, and you can see the soft white of shell mixed in. Spiny oyster is said to bring comfort and peace, understanding and patience to its wearer. The perfectly round bead measures approximately 14mm outside diameter with a solid sterling core that has an inside diameter of 4.37mm. Fits all major bracelet brands. Handmade in New Hampshire.