Price listed is for 12 strands of beads. These are approximately 8mm vintage Japanese pale yellow glass beads. There are approxiately 98 beads per strand giving you an approximate total of 1176 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. The size and shape of these beads may vary slightly.