Porkchop, I have the same mala that I wear on my wrist most days. Had it about a year and the scent is now quite faded. The beads themselves do not appear to be 'finished' with anything and mine have taken on hues from gold to dark green! I find this set a little small to use comfortably but I wear it as a reminder to incorporate dharma in my life. At $6 it is exceptionally cheap. Also, having an elastic cord allows me to actually fit it on my wrist in 4 loops. I have other malas made of rosewood or bone that are about the same length that don't fit because they have fixed cord. These now adorn my altar instead.
In general, if I am chanting I will use a bodhi seed mala strung on an old piece of string (!) that I got off ebay for $11. I love the feel of various seeds - pipal tree seeds are quite interesting, as are rudrashka.
Also, I wouldn't recommend gemstones of any description for regular use as they are often a) more expensive, b) easier to damage, and c) are affected by the oils on your skin.This site
has some nice examples, and they ship internationally (on malas) from Hawaii at no cost! The owner is very pleasant to deal with and is willing to make all sorts of changes on request.
There are, of course, many places that sell malas online but the prices can vary quite dramatically.
Hope that helps a little.