please be careful, this item is connected by string. covered by gold beads. The pearls were very nice, but sadly the bracelet broke very quickly. the string connecting the links seemed to be old, and the bracelet snapped, and quickly fell apart. luckily I still had the tag on, and was able to return successfully. sadly it seems like items are not made as well. In the future the bracelet links should be gold, not string which hardly supports the weight of the pearls. For the price, quality should be expected.