Traditionally a mala—which means “garland”—has 108 beads strung together and one “guru bead,” which is larger than the rest. The guru bead is used as a place marker for the fingers to feel for the end or the beginning of the necklace for meditation or mantra chanting. These malas are finished with a natural quartz point and matching tassel. This quality sacred jewellery is well crafted and aesthetically pleasing.
A good mantra to get started with is "Om Mani Padme Hum" which essentially stands for universal compassion.