The word "Mala" in Sanskrit means a garland. In Hinduism and Buddhism, these beads are used in meditation to help keep intentions focused and to communicate with the cosmos. These beads have been used for centuries as a tool to help create and live a life of purpose. The beads are for everyone, even if you are not into Meditation or Yoga. Wear them just as beautiful jewelry which support your soul and foster happiness.The beads are made from natural gemstone and threaded onto a sturdy elastic band and stacked one on the other.