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|Properties of Beads and Components
The following information has been gathered from many sources. It is offered in hopes that it might assist people in finding a mala or item most suitable for them or for the person receiving their gift. It is not meant to be medically diagnostic in any way.
(BLUE LACE) AGATE- Supports self-confidence and a sense of peace. Helps with chronic sadness and sleep disorders. Historically valued as symbolizing the radiance of a blue lotus.
AMBER- Facilitates purification and fosters wisdom energy, balance, patience, calmness and altruism. Supports healing and has protective qualities. It is associated with joy and releasing depression, helplessness and grief.
AVENTURINE- Helps with anxiety and imparts a sense of emotional well being. Can stimulate creativity, self-reliance, imagination and balance.
BODHI SEED- Bodhi seeds are the medium to dark brown seeds of the Indian Bodhi tree. Bodhi seed is rich in tradition. It was under the Bodhi tree that Buddha Shakyamuni sat at his Enlightenment. Thus Bodhi seed represents spiritual promise and possibility—the nurturing of the seed of Enlightenment within each of us. Bodhi seed malas are thought to promote concentration and awareness. They are widely used Tibetan Buddhism.
CARNELIAN- Fosters warmth, creativity, self-esteem, memory, harmony, courage, vitality and joy of living. Supports acceptance of death and restores the natural energy flows in the body.
CONCHSHELL- Considered the ‘voice of Buddha’. Said to awaken us from ignorance. Conch shells are blown to summon practitioners to religious ceremonies. In Hinduism, Vishnu blew a conch shell and made the first sound of creation, ‘aum’. Used at beginning of Hindu sacred rituals to purify the environment.
COPPER- Said to enhance purification, communication, self-esteem, and courage. Facilitates energy flow, and fosters truth.
GARNET- Felt to enhance true friendship and harmony in relationships. Supports faith, devotion, consistency, truth, will power, and self-confidence. Considered a healing stone. Birthstone - January.
JADE (JADITE)– Fosters wisdom, compassion, tranquility, balance, moderation, stability, fertility, receptiveness and longevity. Helps one to live in harmony with the laws of nature and spirit, and also to understand one’s dreams. Birthstone- March.
VIOLET (LAVENDER) JADE- Associated with love, beauty and security. It is felt to have strong energy effect among the jades. It supports mental and emotional healing.
NEPHRITE JADE- Has protective qualities and is considered a healing stone. Promotes peace, calming, harmony, courage, generosity, humility, longevity. Birthstone- March.
LAPIS LAZULI- Associated with openness, truth, tranquility, love, inner power, intuition, and a sense of mystery, wonder and inner healing. Associated with the healing of the Medicine Buddha who holds a lapis lazuli bowl of healing nectar. Birthstone- December.
MALACHITE- Promotes balance, peace, joy of life, deeper understanding, love, faithfulness, inner clarity, positive transformation. Helps reduce negativity and has healing and protective properties.
MOONSTONE- Fosters humanitarian love, unselfishness, hope, abundance, wisdom, mothering, and better awareness of our emotions. Considered protective for women and thought to have a balancing and harmonizing effect on women’s emotions.
OPAL- Helps harmonize emotional life and helps with depression. Enhances peace, love, faithfulness. Birthstone- October.
MOTHER OF PEARL- Stimulates intuition, imagination and sensitivity. Helps with fear and calms and balances the emotions. Supports relaxation and stress relief and mental clarity. Considered a protective stone. Said to carry the healing power of the sea.
RIVERSTONE- Accelerates change and helps one to move through a process more quickly. Can assist in meditation to facilitate and deepen spiritual awareness and to ground. Helps to harmonize mind and body.
ROSEWOOD- Rosewood, sometimes called red sandalwood, is a traditional wood used for mala beads in both the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. It has warming properties and protects from negative energy. It is felt to enhance spiritual healing and also to be supportive of the immune system. Rosewood develops a rich dark sheen with use.
RUDRAKSHA- A traditional and sacred Hindu mala bead. Rudraksha beads are the seeds of the Rudraksha tree and vary from light to dark brown to black. The name rudraksha comes from the Sanskrit, meaning “Eye of Shiva”. Rudraksha beads have differing numbers of segments or “faces,” often five, symbolic of the five faces of Shiva. It is believed to support meditative concentration, clarity, peace of mind and provide spiritual protection. On a physical level, rudraksha is said to support memory, relieve tension, and balance the nervous system.
SERPENTINE- Promotes mental and emotional balance. Enhances spiritual exploration and the deepening of wisdom. Considered a protective stone.
SMOKY QUARTZ- Promotes calmness, fearlessness, positive thoughts, and stability, as well as realistic, grounded spirituality. Helps lift life energies, and increase joy of life. Said to help especially with grief and depression. Can help in simplifying our life.
TAGUA NUT- Often called vegetable ivory. Used by natives of South and Central America to support emotional and spiritual health and well-being. Enhance will power and determination. Can help ease the death process.
TURQUOISE- Nurtures balance, healing, meditation, emotional sensitivity and positive thinking. Fosters empathy, honest communication, friendship, love and connects one with all life. The combination of turquoise and coral is highly prized in Tibetan culture and Tibetan malas often have this combination of beads. Birthstone December.