Cultivating the heart of love and compassion is the essence of the Buddha's teachings. The bodhi seeds in these malas came from Bodh Gaya,India, where Shakyamuni Buddha attained complete enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree 2500 years ago. Each wrist mala has the requisite 21 beads which include the two pieces of genuine turquoise. The turquoise has small sterling silver beaded rings on either side. strung on strong cord.