Each bead is at least two inches long and the overall length of the beads is 23 inches.
They come to life with light pouring through them. We have photographs of them with light hitting them from both the front and behind.
On the wedding day the groom places a tilhari around neck of the bride, and it symbolizes the wish and prayer for his long life...
New versions of these beads have recently come on the market, but they are much more consistent in both size and color.
This string of beads is 29" long and contains 58 beads, each roughly 1/2" in length.
The numerous elements are hung on two cloth-covered cords and its closure is an Indian one anna coin dated 1939. A very similar necklace can be seen in The Jewelry of Nepal, p. 172.
Including the braided ends this "mala" is 37 inches long and is made up of fourteen strands of beads.
We collected these beads in Kathmandu, Nepal, where pilgrims from Tibet often bring old beads to sell to cover their expenses.