Malas have been part of spiritual practice for thousands of years. Used in the Buddhist meditation practice, each element serves a purpose. They are overhand knotted to provide space between the beads and repetition of the mantra. There are 108 beads, there are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, and both male and female add up to 108. The guru bead is the 109th bead and symbolizes the guru-student relationship. The tassel binds the threads together and symbolizes our connection to the divine. Malas can be worn around the neck or wrist.
Hand knotted with green peridot beads with a lampwork glass guru bead using silk cord.
Peridot is also known as olivine. It is olive green in color. Besides diamonds, it is the only other mineral known to be created in the earth’s hot mantle, not the crust. It has been found on meteorites and on the moon, and there are signs of it on Mars. Peridot is a happy stone, associated with abundance and well-being, and is mentally stimulating and physically restorative.
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