This piece is a prized possession for some of our staff. Each handmade necklace has 108 large sandalwood beads on it, which is the exact amount that traditional malas are made with. This necklace is versatile and lovely; it can be worn long, doubled, tripled, knotted, or wrapped around the wrist for a major arm stack. As with all our sandalwood bracelets and necklaces, the beads will change color over time... we love this quality, as it gives each piece it's own unique character. Sandalwood beads are traditionally used in malas for meditation with their soothing aroma and are believed to bring clear perception to the wearer. Our beads are authentic and have been blessed for us by Lama at Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Their fragrance will last forever with proper care. Namaste!