Since ancient times, humans have threaded colorful flowers, shells and beads into ornaments to be worn as body ornaments. Putting on a necklace or bracelet is as instinctive as putting on good clothes or perfume to attract attention, make a statement or tell a story. However, there is some jewelry that serves much deeper purposes both for men and women. Constituting of natural gemstones, antique symbols and carved sacred animal bones etc everyone from Buddhist Monks to Indian Shamans and modern day practitioners can incorporate the healing properties of these elements into our daily lives through jewelry.
Beautiful beaded necklaces called males, are most popular for purpose of meditation in Buddhist and Hindu faiths. They follow the same idea as a Catholic rosary – wearer of the mala will repeat a mantra, counting each repetition on the beads of the mala. A full mala has an exact count of 108 beads.
The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of beads for prayer, come as a string of 108 (or other number divisible by 9 beads, plus one for the “guru bead,” which is usually not counted. Often, this guru bead is attached to a tassel.
Malas provide spiritual healing by facilitating meditation and mantra. As with the gemstones used in other jewelry, malas can be made from materials that provide healing benefits. At Silver Trendz, we have malas made from many different healing stones. A few of the most popular males and their healing properties are:
Malachite often results from weathering of copper ores and is often found together with azurite, goethite, and calcite. Except for its vibrant green color, the properties of malachite are similar to those of azurite. Malachite is typically associated with copper deposits around limestones, the source of the carbonate. Malachite is a protective stone and can serve to bolster your strength and willpower. It helps you access your inner power and shields you from negativity.
Bone is used in practice because much of life’s joy stems from the fact that it is finite. Contemplating death can prove beneficial to one’s life, spiritually and otherwise. Yak is an important animal to the Tibetan people, as they are used as pack animals for the nomadic tribes. To honor their passing they are used in practice, continuing to be of service as they pass from this consciousness to another.
Goldstone is made from quartz sand glass. Small bits of metal, like copper, are added to give the stone its sparkle. Goldstone also exists in other color variants based on other elements. When Cobalt or Manganese are substituted for copper, the result is blue goldstone or purple goldstone respectively. The sparkles of Goldstone remind us that light can always be found in the darkness. Also called the “Stone of Ambition,” Goldstone is believed to help attain one’s goals. Goldstone is also said to help one calm and maintain their emotions. It can be used to deflect unwanted energies, making it a powerful protective stone.
Sacred rudraksha beads are made from the seeds of the Rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus ganitrus) Rudraksha, meaning “eye of Shiva” or “tears of Shiva” in Sanskrit, have been worn for their profound spiritual significance and powerful healing properties and were treated as divine treasure to be cherished. According to ancient Vedic texts, these beads are endowed with cosmic powers to elevate the soul and assist on the path of ascension. It is believed to increase concentration, relieve stress, reduce blood pressure and promote peace of mind.
WHITE CONCH SHELL MALA | WRAP WRIST MALA
Our most happily precious, lovable mala so far! With a Laughing Buddha amulet and gorgeous Tibetan beads and Turquoise detailing you will love to wear this mala as a necklace or wrapped around your wrist as a wrist mala. Conch Shells are one of eight auspicious symbols and signifies the speech of Buddha. Conch Shell is blown like a trumpet and its sound is said to banish evil and negative spirits away.
COMBINATION IS KEY
The combination of a mantra/meditation practice plus healing properties of stones the mala is made from, can result in powerful spiritual, emotional and even physical healing! It is important to choose a mala made from a stone with qualities that will benefit you and to make sure that the stones being used are genuine. Discover 108 Stone Bead Malas today and elevate your practice to next level with some help from their spiritual properties.