These are everything I hoped. The sting is nice and tight the orange tassel goes nicely with the white bone. The etchings are individual on each bone bead. The time it took to make these I would think was extensive and the name of the maker was a cool little extra. The bones are smooth and feel good against skin. Malas are kinda about whatever practice you put into them but these definitely represent a purpose of remembering everything is impermanent.
I was looking for an item to help me remind me throughout the day of some of the things I meditate about. Recently impermanence has been a topic and looking down seeing this during the day really helps keep some of life’s “problems” in a real perspective.
We order this for our daughter who has a couple of malas and this one is quickly becoming one of her favorites. She likes the texture of the 'beads' and also the fact is little different from all of the ones her friends have. It is a great quality mala at a good price that sets you apart from others.