A mala is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. They are sacred and beautiful and can be worn as a necklace or wrapped around your wrist multiple times. Malas are made with 108 beads and a guru bead. They can be made with fewer beads, such as 18, 27, or 54, which would require the user to make several rotations to complete their full meditation. The number 108 has spiritual significance as it is believed that we have 108 lines of energy in our bodies which converge to form the anahata, or the heart chakra.
These malas are made with a Shiva Shell guru stone. Shiva shell, sometimes called Pacific Cat’s Eye, is a beautiful natural gem completely formed by mother nature. Found in the seabed of Thailand and Indonesia, the Shiva shell is actually the protective door at the opening of the Turban snail’s shell which detaches at the end of the snail’s natural life. Shiva's eye is known to protect wearers from all forms of negativity help to concentrate the mind, and aid in decision-making. The stone is believed to increase stamina and self-confidence and have a cooling effect on the body.
Option 1: Made with 6mm Sunset Mookaite beads. The 2" silky tassel is brown. The mala is strung on nylon thread and is hand knotted between each stone. Mookaite (also called Australian Jasper) is a powerful healing stone that helps provide stability to one's perspective of life, helping make the right decisions based on objective knowledge.
Option 2: Made with 6mm Sodalite, Picasso Jasper, and Cat’s Eye beads. The 3.5” luxe, silky tassel is teal-gray, strung on steel colored C-Lon thread and hand knotted between each stone. Sodalite is a stone of clarity and helps you to think clearly. Cat’s Eye is said to bring good judgement and provide deeper understanding. It is also believed to enhance intuition and to increase one's psychic abilities and powers of concentration. Picasso jasper is said to make for an excellent meditation stone. Some people value Picasso jasper for its ability to renew lost friendships or to help guide during relationship transitions. This stone is said to promote inner clarity and interpretation of one's own thoughts.