This Mars 1/2 mala has red coral 5mm AA highest quality round beads and large red coral tube counter beads. The beads are wrapped with sterling silver wire. The total carat weight of this high quality red coral is 48 carat. The mala is 24" long which allows it to go over the head. It weighs about .5 ounces.
We use a thicker sterling silver wire for this mala so it will hold up for a lifetime. A half mala on silver wire is very flexible and easy to slip over the head or put in a pocket.
There are 4 sets of 12 beads with a large red coral counter bead. Usually we make 1/2 malas with 11 beads and the counter but the extra bead is to allow the mala to be able to go over the head. One of the red coral counter beads drops down as a Guru bead. This makes it is easy to keep track when the Mala is used to count in groups of 12 or a full 48. Malas are often used to keep track of breathing exercises in meditation. They are also used to count prayers, and japa which is the repetition of Holy names and mantras.
Another advantage of the 1/2 mala is that a pendant can be attached to the Guru bead or used in place of it. Let us know if you would like your 1/2 mala made so that you can attach a pendant.
Red coral is the primary gemstone used to influence the planetary energy of Mars.