This unique mala is lovingly hand made by Tibetan nuns living in exile in North India. Each bead is hand painted with the Sanskrit symbol for Om. The braided nylon tail is a traditional finish used by the nuns. The three crystal 'marker beads' are added to create a unique decorative finish. This mala is made with hand painted water buffalo bone. The tassel is white as opposed to the orange shown in the picture. Comes in a beautiful cloth bag.