This Saturn 1/2 mala has rudraksha beads with amethyst faceted rondelle counter beads. The beads are wrapped with sterling silver wire. The mala is 26" long which allows it to just 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 11 beads with an amethyst counter bead. One of the amethyst 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.
Amethyst is a gemstone used to influence the planetary energy of Saturn.
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.