What is a Japa Mala? 

A mala is a simple string of beads used in japa meditation to count mantras, prayers, or intentions. Malas can also be used to count breaths or in a gratitude meditation.

It’s good to note that you don’t have to be religious to wear or use a mala. It is crucial, though, to understand its use and respect its significance.

A full mala contains 108 counting beads plus one guru bead

A japa mala may have fewer than 108 beads, but the number is always divisible by nine, such as 18, 27 and 54.

Guru Bead

The guru or meru bead at the end of a mala is the largest bead on the string. It can also be made of a different color and material than the other beads.

It is not counted towards the 108 beads for meditation. When you are using your mala during closed-eye meditation, having a bigger guru bead will help you feel when you reach the end of your meditation.


A tassel made of silk or cotton may be attached to the end of a mala. This is a talisman that represents your connection to your highest truth.


How do I take care of my pieces? 

Crystal Malas: We strongly recommend you avoid exposing it to water or any products like shampoo, soap, perfume, etc. This will prolong the mala's durability. 

Embroidered Jewelry: We suggest you remove the jewelry before entering the shower since some products could affect the jewelry's shine and color.