Using Prayer Beads! #PrayJapMalaRoseQuartz

Here is something you don’t know about me (I KNOW! Here you thought you knew everything! HA! I still have a few more surprises) I collect Rosary Beads; I know it’s a unique thing to collect. It probably started with watching both of my Grandmothers do their nightly prayers, beads moving quickly and quietly through their fingers, it was very mesmerizing. To this day the noise of the beads gently touching each other is very calming to me.

Using Rosary and Prayer Beads is not just a religious ritual. Using Prayer Beads are a wonderful way to relax and meditate. The beads are fingered to help you keep track of prayers or allow you to focus on your mediation. Prayer Beads are a great way to start mediation. With each bead that you finger think of a blessing in your life.

There are several types of Prayer Beads; 33 beads in a Rosary. Being raised Catholic that’s the Rosary that I am use to. Baha’i Prayer Beads consists of 95 beads strung with the addition of five beads below. The Sikh Mala also has 108 beads. The Buddhists and Hindu Religion uses Japa Mala Prayer Beads like this one from NOVICA. The Japa Mala has either 108 or 27 beads. This particular set of Prayer Beads has 109 rose quartz beads. The beads vary ever so slightly in size but for the most part are very uniform. Did you know that rose quartz is known as the love stone. How appropriate is that for a set Prayer Beads?!

Prayer beads are fingered in an automatic manner which allows you to pay greater attention to your prayers themselves without counting.

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About this item: Ritu honors Hinduism and Buddhism with a glistening Jap Mala that is crafted by hand with rose quartz, the love stone. Also known as prayer beads or rosary, it consists of 108 malas or beads, sometimes 109, which are flicked with the thumb during jap or meditation. That way the person may concentrate fully on repeating mantras. In Buddhism, the 108 beads represent the human passions, while in Hinduism their symbolism is more complex. The number may refer to the names of Vishnu and Shiva in the Mahabharat; the 108 Upanishads; the number of deities of knowledge and various sciences; and the various permutations of the soul’s defects, amongst others. According to Hindu custom, the correct way to hold the jap mala is with the right hand, draped over the middle finger and using the thumb to flick through the beads. Since it is believed the index finger represents ego, the greatest impediment to self-realization, it is best avoided when chanting on a mala. Rose quartz on polyester string with a polyester tassel.

About our Artist: Hi, I’m Ritu Aggarwal, and I was born in Jaipur, popularly known as the pink city. But did you know that it is also called the City of Gems? For me, to be in the field of jewelry is like being in dreamland for I have always wanted to be connected to this wonderful world of gems and jewelry. I grew up here and had a lot of fun. The vibrant and architectural beauty of the city is a sight to enjoy. I remember spending our weekend time in the park and strolling around the monuments. This always took us to the ancient era of kings and queens. I have always been fascinated by the art of jewelry.


This is a beautiful strand of Prayer Beads. This strand is 34.7″ long and each bead is approximately 0.3″ around. Strung on pink polyester cord and very well strung with a pink tassel tied in gold for added beauty. These Prayer Beads are a beautiful addition to my collection. I am thoroughly pleased!



  • Kate Sarsfield

    Here’s something you didn’t know about me, Connie. Years ago I lived in a Victorian workhouse! One part had been turned into small business spaces & the old hospital wing was converted into a 3-bed home with walled garden overlooking the mortuary! We often found old clay pipes etc. and I have a blue china bead rosary we found under the floorboards. Take it out every now & then and just wonder about the life of the person who owned it.

  • Michelle S

    I didn’t realize there were different kinds of rosary beads! Fascinating information and thanks for sharing a picture.

  • Katrina

    Those are gorgeous! I do a similar meditation when dealing with anxiety. I pray for each member of my family in order, and I am able to relax and calm myself. Anxiety and stress can lead to illness. I’ve experienced it firsthand. What a great way to incorporate these beads into daily life.

    • Connie Gruning

      Katrina, That’s how I start my mediation! It does help calm you doesn’t it? It also reminds me that I have a LOT of blessings in my life.


    Well how ironic is this? I play a nun in the musical & searched the local town for 3 hours looking for a pair of rosary beads. Here, in good ol’ Catholic Ireland!

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