What Is A Mala?

Hand Knotted Natural Amazonite Gemstone Mala.
Hand Knotted Natural Amazonite Gemstone Mala.

What Are Mala Beads?

A Japa Mala or Mala in (Sanskrit:माला) Mālā, means garland. Malas are strings of beads, similar to rosaries but commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists to aid counting when reciting or chanting mantras, a practice known as Japa. The beads aid concentration and focus whilst meditating.

Malas can be worn around the neck as a necklace, or wrapped around the wrist. A standard Mala has 108 beads, with a joining “guru” bead and a tassel or pendant to weight the Mala while it is being worn. However, Malas can also be made with 18, 27, 54 beads as multiples of these numbers add up to 108.

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Why 108 Beads?

There are many explanations as why the number 108 is significant. Opinions vary.

  • One of my favourite theories is that there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra, one of which is said to be the path to self realization.
  • The number 108 is considered sacred for many reasons and it is said to be the number of the wholeness of existence.
  • It is said that there are 108 earthly desires in humans.

How Are Malas Made?

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Hand Knotting Moonstone & Jade Quartzite Malas

Careful consideration is given when choosing materials for our Malas at Wish Knots. I prefer to use genuine gemstone beads rather than wood or beads made from seeds. Using gemstones means that the recipient of the Mala will benefit from the properties of the gemstone while using the Mala.

I also choose to hand knot my Malas on a strong nylon cord. Placing a knot between each bead creates space between each bead, which makes using the Mala easier. It also adds strength and security to the Mala. We want your Mala to last you many years and if the thread were to break your beads will not be lost and your mala can be repaired.

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Aura Crystal Jewellery

It has been a busy few weeks here at Wish Knots. I have been busy planning our new range of Aura Crystal Jewellery.

Aura Crystal Necklace
Aura Crystal Necklace

What Is An Aura Crystal?

Aura Crystals are natural gems, usually quartz, which are heated in a vacuum. Real gold vapour is added to the vacuum and gold atoms fuse to the quartz, giving it an iridescent sheen. Although they are “man-altered” they are also natural as they are natural crystals, modified using natural materials. Other metals can also be added to the vacuum chamber, such as silver, titanium and copper.

Why Wear An Aura Crystal?

Aside from their beauty, Aura Crystals are worn for their beneficial properties. Aura quartz crystals are known as the’ master healer’ they amplify energy and thought and enhance other crystals if worn together.

Aura Crystals draw off negative energy, neutralising background radiation. They balance and revitalise, cleanse and enhance and can aid psychic ability.  Different colours of Aura Crystal are believed to have additional individual benefits.

Wish Knots Aura Crystal Jewellery

I have decided to launch our range in stages, starting with the simple Aura Crystal necklaces, which are available in our shop now. A range of Wiccan style Aura Crystal jewellery, which will include other gemstones and charms is planned for later in the year.

I took some pictures of the various stages of production of our new necklaces, from the arrival of the crystals to the completed necklaces.

Carefully Packed Aura Crystals
Carefully Packed Aura Crystals
Our Aura Crystals In All Their Glory
Our Aura Crystals In All Their Glory
Sorting The Crystals By Colour
Sorting The Crystals By Colour
Choosing Which Crystals To Work With First
Choosing Which Crystals To Work With First
Wiring The Crystals Into Pendants & Earrings
Wiring The Crystals Into Pendants & Earrings
Wiring Nearly Completed
Wiring Nearly Completed

Each crystal is carefully wire-wrapped for added security. We currently have 15 colours of Aura Crystals available, with 3 chain colours to choose from, available in 6 lengths – perfect for layering – available at Wish Knots

What Is A Birthstone?

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Emerald Wish Bracelet – Birthstone For May

Ever wondered why some gemstones are called birthstones?

Humans have been attaching significance to gemstones since ancient times. In many cases this relates to the known healing properties of the gemstones. Information that has passed through many generations.

This is not pure superstition. Gemstones come directly from the Earth. They each have different energy frequencies and properties that can be beneficial to humans and animals. Gemstones are still being used to help keep time accurately, ancient technology that hasn’t been beaten. In fact, gemstones are commonly used in science and technology.

Since early biblical times, people have been wearing gemstones to protect from illness and evil spirits.

Birthstones are gemstones that are connected to a specific month of the year and these stones and their properties are believed to be particularly beneficial to a person born within that month.

 

Peridot Wish Bracelet - Birthstone For August
Peridot Wish Bracelet – Birthstone For August

Which Gemstone Is YOUR Birthstone?

Some months have more than one birthstone to choose from.

The UK Recognised Birthstones Are:

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine, Bloodstone
  • April – Diamond, Rock Crystal
  • May – Emerald, Chrysoprase
  • June – Pearl, Moonstone
  • July – Ruby, Carnelian, Onyx
  • August – Peridot, Sardonyx
  • September – Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli
  • October – Opal, Tourmaline
  • November – Topaz, Citrine
  • December – Turquoise

The US Recognised Birthstones Are:

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine, Bloodstone
  • April – Diamond, Rock Crystal
  • May – Emerald
  • June – Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
  • July – Ruby
  • August – Peridot, Sardonyx
  • September – Sapphire
  • October – Opal, Tourmaline
  • November – Topaz, Citrine
  • December – Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon

We will cover some of the properties of these wonderful gemstones in more depth in later posts.

If you would like to get hold of your own birthstone, we have a range of very affordable birthstone wish bracelets and other jewellery in the Wish Knots online store – Wish Knots

Carnelian Wish Bracelet - Birthstone For July
Carnelian Wish Bracelet – Birthstone For July