Handmade, hand knotted mala necklace created with positive vibes. This mala has 108 beads made from wood, tibetan agate (good for grounding, concentration and good fortune), garnets (courage and strength), and tigers eye (courage and confidence) with a ceramic good luck cat as a guru bead. This necklace would be wonderful for someone embarking on a new path, but that’s just my interpretation–If a mala resonates with you, then it is the right mala for you!
It goes on over the head or wrapped as a bracelet, and is lighter and shorter than many malas because the beads are petite, ranging from 4-6mm. You may want to check the measurement photo and test out a string first to make sure this will fit if you have a larger head…
As this is a traditional hand knotted mala, it may damaged by water, sweat, or vigorous activity, and as with any gemstone jewelry, stones may crack with force. While philosophically a broken mala is considered part of the natural order, I have used polycord instead of silk to give this necklace longer life. 🙂
I started making malas during my yoga certification when I began a steady meditation practice and found the symbolism fascinating. Did you know that the number of beads (108) on a mala necklace corresponds to 108 lines of energy that connect to the heart chakra? Each bead represents a thought, and each knot between the beads is the space between thoughts. The big bead, the guru bead, is not part of the 108–it represents your guide/teacher/guru/knowledge, and is not crossed when you count beads. People use malas as a meditation tool, counting each bead to empty the mind or repeating a mantra with each bead until it is repeated 108 times.
Stones are said to carry energetic properties, but can be misaligned if subjected to negative energy. To recharge them, rest them on a bed of clear quartz or let them sit under moonlight overnight.
All the jewelry from CrowTotemArts is handcrafted in my studio in California and created from designs drawn in my sketchbook. You can follow me on Instagram at Brandys_CrowTotem. Each item is hand made and unique. Like all artisan jewelry, please handle with care.