The modern design of these Mala beads are adorned intermittently with metal alloy beads of varying shapes, various Agate beads, as well as a hematite guru bead and a two strand tassel. Agates are known as grounding stones, bringing physical, emotional and intellectual balance. Agate facilitates self-acceptance and helps to build self-confidence. Agate is also known to enhance mental function including improved concentration and problem solving ability.
Mala beads were originally created to be used as a meditation tool; you repeat the mantra until all 108 mala beads have been touched. Repeating this process channels aspirations, goals and intensions. Vedic traditions in Hinduism interpreted the number 108 as being the wholeness of the universe. One represents the solar, zero represents the lunar, and eight represents the nature of all things. Thus, the entire universe.