The mala string is made up of 108 individual beads, which are used to keep count while chanting or repeating a mantra or intention while meditating. It is a tool to help you count mantras, and acts as a tactile guide as you sit in silence. This mala is designed to help protect Empaths. The crystals, hand knotted between each one, Gabbro, Shungite Tourmalinated Quartz and Snowflake Obsidian combine the energies needed to process the emotions and experiences. Gabbro prevents energetic overload. Snowflake Obsidian helps the user to make the best of negative situations. Shungite filters negativity. Tourmalinated Quartz is a potent psychic protection stone.