A Buddhist rosary consists of small spherical beads of stone, metal, seeds, fragrant wood, or coral.
They are used during Buddhist ceremonies or funerals and also as a way of demonstrating a belief in Buddhism.
Recently, they have become popular worn as bracelets.
Regarding the materials used to make Buddhist rosaries, bodhi or fragrant wood are common today, but in the past rosaries were often made of the "seven treasures," a Buddhist term that includes materials such as crystal, lapis lazuli, giant clam shell, coral, onyx, and pearls.
A combination of materials can be used to produce a unique bracelet.
There are people who study the characteristics of the various materials then wear these as a form of "power" accessory.
However, authentic rosaries that are used in ceremonies have fixed shapes and set numbers of beads.
Originally, they contained 108 beads, which is said to be the number of earthly desires that afflict mankind, but now they also come in half that number, 54; one third, 36; one quarter, 27; or one sixth, 18; they are also fitted with tassels.
In Buddhist services they are generally placed over the hands when they are put together, but the details of their use vary according to sect.