When buying jewelry in a foreign country be careful ! Many countries do not have regulations safeguarding the customer.
This beautiful necklace was purchased in Italy. It was put together using only the string the manufacturer uses to sell the original beads on. That means the beads were all intended to be restrung.
The owner of this piece wore it and of course after a time it fell apart. You can only image the mess of beads everywhere. Everything has been restrung using softflex, Swarovski pearls and replacement beads where needed. Beautiful again!!