The gold counters - upgrade to your chanting mala. Pairs of counters 10 +2 extra small rings each. Gold bell and Vajra / Dorje at the end.
Gold counters made by Hand in Nepal.
Mala counters are designed to help track and count large number of mantra recitations. In many Tibetan and Vajrayana traditions keeping exact track of your mantras is part of a tried and true rigorous method that works on the person at many different levels. There are many ways to track and count mantras including writing then down on paper, using an older style clicker counter, and more recently using your smart phone. Having Mala Counters and Bhum Counters on your Mala keeps everything together for easy tracking and exact counting.
One full turn around your Mala reciting a mantra counts as one hundred. The extra eight beads are your “buffer zone” for simple miscounts. When you finish one cycle of mantras (one hundred mantra recitations) move one counter bead on one of your Mala Counters (side A). When you finish ten cycles that is one thousand mantras. Now move all ten counter beads to their original position and move one of the other counter beads on the other Mala Counter (side B). This marks one thousand mantras recited. Once you do this ten times you have accomplished ten thousand mantras.
The most traditional set of Mala Counter have a Bell and Dorje at the end. You can pick one side to count the 100’s and the other side to count the 1000’s. My personal preference is to count hundreds on the Dorje side and thousands on the Bell side.