The beads are of good quality as is the locket. I do wish it were knotted between the beads, but few malas come that way. I had not expected the locket to be as awkward as it seems to be when using the mala in meditation. Perhaps that is just a matter of practice. Knowing what I know now, I would still buy it again.
Hello Diane, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback! If you prefer a knotted mala in your daily practice, know that our jewelry designer is always happy to help! For a $75USD fee, she can knot whatever DharmaShop mala you'd like! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to proceed with this custom process, and we appreciate your support of Himalayan artisans!