For this 108 Mala I used 6mm and 8mm Gold Sheen Obsidian, 6mm Garnet, 6mm Pyrite, brass and copper ball beads and spacer beads. The tassel is vegan faux silk. The mala has been hand-knotted on an extra strong, nylon cord with one knot between each gemstone bead. It not only looks great, it also makes it easy to use it as a tool in your meditation practice.
Mala length: 44" (111cm). Tassel length: 3 1/2" long (90mm).
Obsidian is a volcanic stone of purity, that brings balance to the body, mind and spirit. It is a very grounding and protective stone. It is used as a great cleanser of negative energies, helping to remove not only negativity experienced in the environment, but also that of one’s own emotions, such as anger, jealousy, greed and resentment. Snowflake Obsidian is often used for healing and releasing energy blockages, and it can help to keep you centered and focused when any type of chaotic situation presents itself. It heals old karmic patterns, helps in examining harmful thought patterns, and promotes a sense of calm and inner centering which readies one for a deep meditative state. It is connected to the Root Chakra (connection to earth, survival instincts, self-preservation). Zodiac sign: Obsidian: Scorpio. Gold Sheen Obsidian: Sagittarius.
Garnet is a stone of commitment, honesty, hope and faith. It is a protective energy stone, especially known for protection from evil, during travel, nightmares and from wounds. Garnet can be used to release bad karma, overcome crisis and trauma. Garnet is great for spiritual healing, to enhance intuition and inner strength. It is said to be stabilizing and it can bring order to internal or external chaos. Garnet is excellent for manifestation, to ground dreams in reality, bringing abundance and prosperity. It can also make clear what is one’s life purpose. Garnet is the stone to celebrate the second year of marriage! The color varies from red to very dark, almost black, red. It is connected to the Root Chakra (connection to earth, survival instincts, self-preservation) and Heart Chakra (love, acceptance, forgiveness). Zodiac Signs: Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius.
Pyrite is also known as Fool’s Gold, and it is a traditional symbol for money and good luck. Use this stone to overcome lethargy and fatigue and strengthening of the mind. Iron Pyrite makes a wonderful energy shield and blocking out negativity, overcoming feelings of inadequacy and energizes the area where you place it (like the desk where you work). Pyrite is a stone of intellect and protection. It enhances intelligence, mental stability, logic, analysis, creativity, memory, and psychic development. It can help you tap your own latent mental talents and abilities. Pyrite is a powerful protection stone and is very grounding. Colors vary from silvery-yellow too golden metallic. It is connected to the Sacral Chakra (sexuality, relationships, creativity) and the Solar Plexus Chakra (personal power, confidence, respect for self and others). Zodiac Sign: Leo.
The Tassel represents enlightenment. As the strands combine together into one, it represents our connection to the Divine and to each other. It also symbolizes our prana and consciousness.
Read more about gemstones and their healing qualities in my Healing Gemstone Guide. Gemstones are natural materials and each gemstone is unique and the color may vary within a single stone. The gemstone colors in the mala may vary slightly from the photos.