Ring Malas are constructed of 14k gold, either yellow or white. There are nine beads and one Master bead. They are usually set with gemstones. A diamond is used for the Master bead. The other beads may be faceted stones or cabochons (domed stones). See examples of ring malas here.

Ring malas are constructed of two separate bands, one on top of the other, so that the outer band may spin over the inner band when the ring is worn. This permits mala japa to be practiced while leaving the ring in place snugly on the finger. Ring malas are usually constructed of 14k gold for its hardness.