Bloodstone and Smoky Quartz Wrist Mala

Ten years ago, shops like Claire’s and The Icing sold these as “power beads.” Funny, considering that’s sort of what these prayer beads are. Malas — strings of 108 beads (or some multiple of 9) — have been used in chanting and meditative practice by Hindus and Buddhists for centuries. The smaller wrist malas (usually 21, 22 or 27 beads) are commonly used for doing prostrations.

I’ve been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for the past four years. I’ve been making my own malas for almost as long.

23 smoky quartz 8mm beads
3 bloodstone 8mm beads
1 black onyx 8mm bead
Sterling silver Om pendant
1 silver spring ring clasp
2 crimp beads
Beading wire
Jewelry pliers
Wire cutters

Malas can be made of wooden, clay, shell, bodhi seed or gemstone beads. I love the weight and energy of gemstones so that’s what most of mine are made of. Because of their weight, I use beading wire instead of elastic and clasps so that the wires are less likely to break. I picked bloodstone and smoky quartz for their texture, temperature and mystical significance:

From Crystal-Cure

“There is a legend that says the bloodstone was formed from the blood of Christ dripping on the green earth and solidifying. It was also called heliotrope by the Greeks and was thought to bring change. The bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against the evil eye. Bloodstone is the symbol of justice.”

“Smoky quartz is nature’s stone of endurance. If you need a extra boost, carry a smoky quartz gemstone with you. It promotes personal pride and joy in living, creativity in business, and opens the path for perception and learning. It is a protection stone that cleanses and clears negative energy. It’s also a grounding stone that transmutes negative energies and facilitates your ability to get things done in the practical world.”

Looking through my beading supplies I ended up being one short for the smoky quartz so I replaced it with a black onyx (sharpens senses, protection stone, fortifies self-confidence and responsibility). Every ninth bead is either a bloodstone or an onyx.

Malas always have a meru (or “guru”) bead. This large bead or charm symbolizes the guru or deity from which the practitioner gets their mantra. I chose a silver Om medal a friend sent me for my birthday one year. The Om is a symbol in both Hindu and Buddhist practice and the honorific that many Buddhist mantras start with (including mine). I used a jump ring to attack to the smaller loop at the back of the clasp.

I’m very pleased with how it turned out .


~ by blackmoodcraft on February 13, 2011.

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