I was at the same health expo as MH. I saw MH walking around with this necklace on and asked him where he got it, my son wanted one too, so we went to see the monks. When we saw the necklace, my girlfriend and I asked the monk how many beads there were. He picked the necklace up, and counted all the beads right in front of me. I saw where he started, and saw where he ended. He looked up at me and said "yes, 108 total" , So I took the necklace from him and counted myself, and I got more than 108, I looked at him and smiled, and he looked back at me like a kid that just got caught with his hand in the candy jar. By the way, all the beads are exactly the same, no difference in size or shape, all the same color and texture. While I have seen the necklaces as described in the posts above, this was not one of them. But my son liked the necklace a lot, so I bought if for him anyways!