This is a conch shell Japa Mala 108 beads carved " Om Mani Padme Hum" full mala necklace. The mala consist of 108 beads plus a guru bead. The Lengt of the mala is about 34-35" and bead size is between 7-8 mm. The mala is strung on high quality durable thread.
The Conch shell is one of the eight auspicious signs (Ashtamangala) of buddhism. Lord Vishnu is also described as having a conch shell as one of his main emblems. This shell symbolizes great power and strength. All beads are carved with the powerful Buddha mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum", the mantra of Avalokteshwara the Buddha of compassion and It means HAIL TO THE JEWEL IN THE LOTUS. This mala is considered auspicious to Buddhist.
Beads are from Nepal. Carefully hand strung in the US.