I looked through my stock of beads and found these mint green jade beads screaming out to me. Boom. 53 Hail Mary Beads. I then planned to use some white howlite beads for the Our Father beads. But as I started to assemble them, I changed my mind and used these black lava beads instead, mostly because these colors now match my Harley Davidson. 😀 The crucifix and the Holy Family centerpiece are both a base metal. The chain is silver plated.