Join our mailing list!

Garuda Trading











You are here: Home > Mala Beads, Counters, Bodhiseed, Rudraksha > Old & Rare Malas



This category displays a selection of rare Tibetan & Himalayan malas that include ancient, antique and more hard to find Himalayan beads. We also include some rare gemstone malas that are either difficult to source or are of particularly fine quality.
Sort By:
Page of 5
Very Rare Sapphire Bead Mala
Rare Sapphire Bead Mala - Three Sizes to choose from

Available by special order. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery.
click image for more info

A rare gemstone mala comprised of 108 genuine sapphire beads. The beads are a deep royal blue colour. The guru bead is crafted from genuine Lapis Lazuli and there are additional sapphire beads strung on the tassle. Blue Sapphire beads are particularly sought after by those who do the practice of the Medicine Buddha. The Medicine Buddha is often associated with Lapis Lazuli, however, it is now widely accepted that blue sapphire is a more accurate gemstone to be attributed to him. Indeed, he is often referred to as the King of Sapphire Light.

108 Beads plus the Lapis Lazuli guru bead.
Strung on strong braided cord with sapphire beaded tassle.
Rare Sapphire and Ruby Bead Mala - 8 mm
Rare Sapphire and Ruby Bead Mala - 8 mm
Our Price: £650.00

Only 1 available!

A rare natural gemstone mala comprised of 108 genuine sapphire and ruby beads. Both gemstones are a variety of the mineral known as Corundum, one of the hardest known gemstones with a particular high density.

The name "Corundum" is probably derived from the Tamil (Sri Lanka) word Kuruvindam meaning ruby. When corundum is red it is typically called Ruby and when blue, orange, green or yellow they are typically seen as sapphires. The beads on this mala display a range of colours, from royal blue to deep maroon. The guru bead is crafted from genuine Lapis Lazuli and there are additional sapphire beads strung on the tassle.

108 Sapphire & Ruby Beads plus the Lapis Lazuli guru bead.
Strung on strong braided cord with sapphire beaded tassle.

Antique Mother of Pearl, Lapis Lazuli & Coral Mala - 27 Beads
Antique Mother of Pearl, Lapis Lazuli & Coral Mala - 27 Beads
Our Price: £450.00

A lovely 27 bead mala comprised of antique Mother of Pearl and natural antique coral (undyed). The guru bead is crafted from Lapis Lazuli (newly made) and the tassle also has eight small antique coral beads. There are a total of 26 hand cut antique Mother of Pearl beads with amazing iridescence and a large central coral bead (14mm x 13 mm) that makes up the 27 beads that are counted. This type of mala is ideally suited for keeping count of prostrations or used as a more discreet mala (4 rounds of 27 = 108). Recently re-strung on strong braided cord. The coral is particularly attractive as it has natural inclusions that form two white zones or eyes in the centre of the bead.

Mother of Pearl beads (approx 8 to 9 mm) = 100 years old +
Large Coral (14 mm x 13 mm) = 100 to 300 years old
Small Coral (5 mm) = 100 years old +
Beads sourced in Nepal
Beads sourced in Nepal
Rare Maw Sit Sit, Emerald & Jadeite Mala
Rare Maw Sit Sit, Emerald & Jadeite Mala - 8 mm
Our Price: £350.00

In stock!

An incredible mala made from one of the rarest green gemstones on the planet. Maw Sit Sit has only been found in one location in the world and that is Tawmaw, Burma. It is famous for its deep lush greens with black streaks or spots and is often compared with Jade because both stones are mined in the same location. This mala has been strung with a genuine Burmese Jadeite guru bead and Jadeite tassle and includes rare faceted green emerald dividers. This would be a wonderful mala for someone who has a deity practice connected with Buddha Amoghasiddhi, Green Tara and other deities within this Dhyani Buddha family. Beautiful!

8 mm bead size.
Origin: Tawmaw, Burma
108 Maw Sit Sit beads
3 x natural faceted emerald dividers
Untreated Natural Jadeite guru bead and Jadeite tassle.

Due to the nature of Maw Sit Sit, please expect slight variation in colour between each bead.
Rare Maw Sit Sit & Emerald Mala - 10 mm
Rare Maw Sit Sit, Emerald & Jadeite Mala - 10 mm
Our Price: £395.00

In stock!

An incredible mala made from one of the rarest green gemstones on the planet. Maw Sit Sit has only been found in one location in the world and that is Tawmaw, Burma. It is famous for its deep lush greens with black streaks or spots and is often compared with Jade because both stones are mined in the same location. This mala has also been strung with a Jadeite guru bead and Jadeite tassle and includes rare faceted green emerald dividers. This would be a wonderful mala for someone who has a deity practice connected with Buddha Amoghasiddhi, Green Tara and other deities within this Dhyani Buddha family. Beautiful!

10 mm bead size
Maw Sit Sit Origin: Tawmaw, Burma
108 Maw Sit Sit beads
3 x Natural faceted Emerald dividers
Natural Jadeite guru bead and Jadeite tassle

Due to the nature of Maw Sit Sit, please expect natural variations in colour tone.
Rare Ruby Bead Mala
Rare Ruby Mala with Round Beads - 8 mm
Our Price: £550.00

In stock!

A genuine ruby gemstone mala with extremely difficult to source round beads. This mala is comprised of 108 ruby beads and a large faceted ruby guru bead and a ruby beaded tassle. Ruby is often associated with the practice of Vajra Yogini or deities connected with the lotus family such as Amitabha Buddha. Among all the known gemstones only diamonds and Moissanite are harder.

108 ruby beads plus the ruby guru bead and ruby beaded tassle.
ruby bead size 8 mm
Material: Natural Ruby
Origin: Burma
Very Rare Oval Ruby Mala 7.5 mm
Very Rare Oval Ruby Mala 7.5 mm

SOLD OUT!

A genuine round oval shaped ruby mala displaying a very sought after deep purplish red colour. The mala is comprised of 108 genuine ruby beads and a ruby guru bead. Ruby is often associated with the practice of red coloured deities such as Vajra Yogini or Amitabha Buddha. Each mala is hand strung with knots between each bead in the traditional Indian style. This is the first time we have been able to acquire ruby beads of this quality and there is a very limited supply.

Natural Ruby Beads.
bead size diameter approx 7.5 mm
approx weight 63 grams
Origin: Burma
Rare Ruby & Lapis Mala  - 8 mm
Rare Ruby & Lapis Mala - 8 mm
Our Price: £395.00

In stock!

This lovely mala is comprised of 108 genuine faceted ruby beads and lapis lazuli dividers. It is finished with a large lapis lazuli guru bead and a ruby beaded tassle. Ruby is often associated with the practice of Vajra Yogini or deities connected with the lotus family such as Amitabha Buddha.

108 ruby beads plus the guru bead and ruby beaded tassle.
ruby bead size 8 mm
Ruby origin: Burma
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala - 7 mm
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala with Faceted Crystal - 7 mm
Our Price: £395.00

In stock!

A genuine round faceted ruby mala with crystal dividers. This mala is comprised of 108 genuine ruby beads and a facted crystal guru bead. Ruby is often associated with the practice of Vajra Yogini.

ruby bead size 7 mm
Origin: Burma
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala - 7 mm
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala with Rose Quartz & Amethyst - 8 mm
Our Price: £395.00

Available by sepcial order only. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

A genuine round faceted ruby mala with amethyst dividers. This mala is comprised of 108 genuine ruby beads and a large rose quartz guru bead. The beaded tassle is comprised of red garnet. Ruby is often associated with the practice of Vajra Yogini.

ruby bead size approx 8 mm
Origin: Burma
Rare Faceted Ruby Bead Mala
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala with Carnelian & Amethyst - 7 mm
Our Price: £395.00

Available by special order only. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

A genuine round faceted ruby mala with amethyst dividers. This mala is comprised of 108 genuine ruby beads and a large fine quality carnelian guru bead. Ruby is often associated with the practices of red coloured deities such as Vajra Yogini or Amitabha Buddha. Each mala is hand strung and finished with a braided Tibetan style knot and carnelian beaded tassle.

ruby bead size 7 mm
Origin: Burma
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 8 mm
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 8 mm
Our Price: £255.00

Available by sepcial order only. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

A rare mala comprised of 108 deep green jadeite beads and three natural ruby dividers. These genuine jadeite beads are not to be confused with cheaper 'new jade' or serpentine alternatives seen in the marketplace.

108 Jadeite Beads, 3 Ruby Dividers, Jadeite Guru Bead and Jadeite Beaded Tassle.
Comes complete with broacde mala bag.
bead size 8 mm
Origin: Burma
Colour: Deep Green
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 7.5 mm
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 7.5 mm
Our Price: £225.00

Available by special order. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

A rare mala comprised of 108 medium green jadeite beads and three faceted genuine ruby dividers. These genuine jadeite beads are not to be confused with cheaper 'new jade' or serpentine alternatives seen in the marketplace.

108 Jadeite Beads, 3 Ruby Dividers, Jadeite Guru Bead and Jadeite Beaded Tassle.
Comes complete with broacde mala bag.
bead size 7.5 mm
Origin: Burma
Colour: Medium Green

Crafted from natural gemstones and so each mala is unique. Please expect slight variation in colour between malas. Guru beads may also have different tops (see 1st and 2nd photo) depending on what is currently available.
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite Mala
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 10 mm
Our Price: £275.00

In stock!

A rare mala comprised of 108 genuine jadeite beads and three faceted ruby dividers. These beads are not to be confused with cheaper 'new jade' or serpentine alternatives seen in the marketplace.

Comes complete with broacde mala bag.
bead size 10 mm
Origin: Burma
Colour: Mid Green

Crafted from natural gemstones and so each mala is unique. Please expect slight variation in colour between malas (as shown in photos).
Natural White Jadeite Mala
Rare Natural White Jadeite Mala with Green Jadeite Dividers - 10 mm
Our Price: £250.00

A rare mala comprised of genuine natural white jadeite with a very slight green hue when held in different lights. Including three natural dark green jadeite dividers and a natural green jadeite guru bead. These beads have not been colour enhanced or dyed in any way. The Chinese have prized white jade for thousands of years, where it is known as the 'stone of Heaven' or the 'Royal Gemstone'.

bead size approx 10 mm
Origin: Burma
Old Imitation Coral Mala with Jadeite Dividers - 8 mm
Old Imitation Coral Mala with Jadeite Dividers - 8 mm
Our Price: £180.00

A delightful mala with antique faux coral glass beads that probably date to the early to mid 20th C. The beads have been recently re-strung with three antique Chinese jadeite dividers and an antique jadeite, lapis lazuli and glass coral guru bead. There is also a silver Bhum counter with a flaming norbu design included.

108 Glass Coral beads + three jadeite dividers (12 mm) and three part guru bead.
bead size approx 8 mm diameter
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala from Bhutan - 9 to 10 mm Diameter
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala from Bhutan - 9 to 10 mm Diameter
Our Price: £495.00

A very rare tantric mala (Thöpa Trengwa) comprised of 108 authentic human skull beads. The mala includes 108 hand crafted disc shaped beads and a two part guru bead. They are not to be confused with the water buffalo bone malas masqerading as human bone! Guaranteed to be authentic!!

Origin: Bhutan
diameter approx 9 to 10 mm
width 4 mm to 8 mm

Each bead is hand cut and so please expect slight varriation in size between each bead.