This trengwa, Tibetan for garland, serves a similar purpose as a rosary in Christianity. The Tibetan Buddhist practice of reciting devotional formulas (mantras) as many times as possible is reflected in the number of beads, which also have the symbolic meaning of purifying 108 causes of negative karma.
It is believed that the materials used to create prayer beads are suitable for specific kinds of practices. For instance the turquoise used here, considered a jewel and highly valued by Tibetans, is one of the best materials for prayer beads. Together with beads made of carved bone, which serve as separators, this strand would be suitable for practices related to wrathful deities. The two silver attachments are counters, one used for single rounds of a full string recitation and another for hundreds. Their stoppers in the form of a vajra and bell signify the two aspects of Buddhist enlightenment, wisdom and method. This specific trengwa also reflects the status of its owner. It once belonged to a princess of Derge in eastern Tibet.