This Navaratna mala has rudraksha beads that are on sterling silver wire with 9 gem counter beads and sterling silver accents. The Guru bead drop is a faceted rondelle ruby bead and there is a loop on the end where an astrological pendant, Aum sign or spiritual symbol can be placed
This is the standard 108 bead mala composed of 9 sets of 11 beads and then the counter bead. Malas are used to count prayers, japa - repetition of Holy names and mantras, and to keep track of breathing exercises in meditation.
The mala is 46" long with a hanging Guru bead. It weighs about 4 ounces. This mala is also available on gold filled wire.
The beads used for the planets are ruby for the Sun, pearl for the Moon, red coral for Mars, aventurine for Mercury, citrine for Jupiter, quartz crystal for Venus, amethyst for Saturn, hessonite garnet for Rahu and chrysoberyl cats eye for Ketu.
Rudraksha beads have a long history of use for sacred malas in several religions. Rudraksha is a Sanskrit word associated with one of Shiva's names, Rudra.