A mala is a string of 108 beads (or a fraction of that number) with a focus bead (Guru bead) at the head. A mala can be worn as a necklace or wrapped around your wrist several times as a bracelet.
Mala beads are not just accessories, though. Yes, they make beautiful necklaces & bracelets, but they are so much more than that! First and foremost, they are a tool used to count your mantras during meditation. Second, they are a wonderful way to wear your intention all day long as a constant reminder of the thing you are working towards.