AA quality pink quartz mala, 108 beads to 6mm + brocade bag
The string of beads is mainly used to count repeated mantras. So actually, it serves the same purpose as a rosary. Beads made of semi-precious stones, pearls, bodhi seeds or wood may serve all kinds of goals, like counting any kind of mantras, or other forms of prayer, bows, walk-rounds and such. The cord is the same for every mala, and should be made of nine threads, symbolising the Buddha Vajradhara and the eight Bodhisattvas. The larger bead at the end stands for wisdom, realising emptiness, and the cylindrical bead on top of the large bead symbolises the void itself. Together, they symbolise the triumph over all adversities.
The mala is mainly used for counting mantras during recitation. It fulfills the same function as a rosary (Catholic praying device). Beads made of (semi)precious stones, pearls, bodhi seeds or wood are suitable for different purposes, for counting mantras or other prayers, prostrations, circumambulations, etc. The string is the same in all types of mala and should be composed of nine threads that symbolise Buddha Vajradhara and the eight Boddhisattvas. The large bead at the end symbolises the wisdom that realises emptiness and the cylindrical bead above it symbolises emptiness itself. Together they symbolise that all obstacles have been overcome.