This strand of Chinese prayer beads called nien zhu, or mindfulness beads, would be worn on the wrist as a reminder of a spiritual commitment rather than as an item vigorously used in practice. Its highly decorative as well as symbolic materials—pink quartz, kingfisher feathers, and wooden beads carved with auspicious symbols—testify to this use as well as its amulet- or charm-like nature. The tassels of the endless knot below the guru bead are attached to two pearl-like buttons.