For this long "showstopper" 108 Mala I used 8mm Lapis Lazuli, Grainstone and brass elephant tusk pendant. 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). Tusk Pendant: 2 3/8" (60mm).
Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone that resonated with truth and enlightenment. It can help you with self-awareness, allows self-expression and to reveal inner truth, providing qualities of honesty and compassion. It stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity and will you to confront and speak your truth with confidence. It will relieve anger and negative thoughts, as well as easing frustrations causing the anger. Lapis Lazuli can helps support spiritual enlightenment by supporting you in going deeper within the true self and towards inner knowing. It is connected to The Throat Chakra (truth, communication, choice) and The Third Eye Chakra (intuition, knowledge, divine wisdom).
Grainstone is an assisting stone used to enhance healing properties, encourages purification, reminds us of our innocence, grounds and centers us and entices positive thoughts. It is connected to the Root Chakra (connection to earth, survival instincts, self-preservation).
The Elephant Tusk symbolizes Ganesha, an elephant that has the strength to uproot a tree, but can also pick up a needle. There is great symbolism in Ganesha's one tusk, meaning that a person is wise and beyond duality. The elephant is also a Buddhist symbol of mental strength. In many African cultures the tusk is a symbol of strength, power, longevity, stamina, mental focus, spirit, and loyalty.
Read more about gemstones and their healing qualities here. Gemstones are natural materials and each gemstone is unique color may vary within a single stone. The gemstone colors in the mala may vary slightly from the photos.