This one of a kind Mala is made from pink strawberry quartz with real gold highlights and a beautiful one-of-a-kind glass bead by Minori Takagi. This is called a Tombodama bead.
Tamodama's are colorful glass beads which can feature floral and other patterns. The beads are made by rolling molten glass around a steel rod until the glass ball forms. Takagi uses Satake glass in her beadmaking, which is much softer than the soda-lime Moretti glass that most US beadmakers use. It is believed that Tombodama beads originated in Mesopotamia about 3500 years ago, and were made by craftsman for the members of the royal families. Takagi has participated in numerous workshops around the world, including the International Society of Glass Beadmakers in Washington, DC, and the International Lampwork Festival in Kobe, Japan. She resides in Vancouver, BC.
This necklace does not have a tassel and measures 30".
Mala necklaces are strands of 109 beads—typically stones, crystals, wood, or rudraksha beads that are traditionally used during meditation, where a mantra is quietly repeated 108 times. First created in India 3,000 years ago, Malas have been used by yogis, spiritual seekers and meditators to help keep their minds focused during meditation. The term ‘mala’ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.”
Every Mala I create is made with love and blessings and each one is different. Some have tassels. The tassel’s significance has multiple meanings. I like the thought of many coming together as one to form the tassel, representing oneness. Some Malas only have a Guru Bead and others have both a Guru Bead and a tassel. The Guru Bead is the 109th bead on the Mala.
This Mala is hand knotted and made with love and is a necklace that you will cherish and pass on from generation to generation.
All Mala's come with their own display box to keep them looking their best!