They say you should always give a gift of something you yourself would like. Having read the description and based on the review, I purchased as a gift for someone far and dear to my heart. It is a great size mala, easily taken with you either in a small bag, pocket or wrapped around wrist and held in hand, even a small hand and wrist it fits comfortably without being cumbersome. Detailing in this Mala is not lost with its size. Each bead has character of its own, the Naga shell soft and cool to the touch and the counters are exquisite.
This mala turned out to be a great buy for me. The smaller sized, dark, worn beads are beautiful and feel like they are ancient. Since I make malas myself, I bought this one to restring. Substituted in a larger size rudraksha for the guru bead and knotted the beads for a little more finished length and easier bead counting. Hint: the value of the sterling counters alone makes this a great value for money.