A mala is a strand of one hundred eight beads including one large bead that is referred to as the summit bead. It is also known as a Sumeru bead. The mala gemstone necklace is a tool to help you keep your mind on your meditation practice. Mala beads are made from basil wood, crystal, gemstones, or sandalwood. If your energy is low when you begin meditation, you may fall asleep but if your energy level is too high distraction and fantasy can become barriers. This is where your mala gemstone necklace can provide you with a much-needed anchor.