Price listed is for twelve strands of beads. These are approximately 8mm vintage Japanese amethyst glass beads. There are approxiately 100 beads per strand giving you an approximate total of 1200 beads. THESE MAY SHIP LOOSE AS THE KNOTS ON MOST ARE IMPOSSILBE TO UNTIE. The vintage Japanese beads are shipped with a powder coating to help prevent scratching. Most of these beads still have the powder coating (with some having more than others). These will just need to be rinsed off.