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WHAT’S YOUR MALA?

Mala is a string of 108 beads traditionally used in Hinduism and Buddhism for meditation and prayer. Made of sacred wood or gemstones, malas also have protective and healing properties when worn as a necklace or bracelet. Malas became popular in the West with the popularization of Ayurvedic holistic techniques, yoga studios, meditation and chakra balancing sessions, and various Eastern spiritual practices. If you visit this website, you may already know about malas or even have one, but… Let us ask you again: what’s your mala?

In Rajni Jewels we make malas only of natural, un-dyed, quality gemstones following strict ancient rules of mala-making.  Did you know that traditional mala creating process has numerous rules to be followed? For instance, malas are traditionally made in smoke-free, alcohol-free and pet-free environment to make sure they are energetically pure. The most important factor is that who actually makes your mala. Is that person a vegetarian? Is he/she familiar with standards of subtle cleanliness? For instance, one cannot make mala of beads that fell on the floor and touched someone’s feet. One shouldn’t make mala after taking meal without washing his/her mouth, hands and eyes first. Those and many other rules exist to make sure your new mala is not energetically ‘contaminated’ but pure and karma-free. Sounds complicated? Don’t worry, Rajni Jewels designer Ananda Rupa Devi not just familiar with those strict rules, but, being a vegetarian, yogi and Ayurveda practitioner, she actually applies them in her everyday life. Be sure, your Rajni Jewels mala is charged with clean beneficial energy and properly activated.

OUR PRINCIPLES

At Rajni Jewels we never compromise on the following principles:

  • We use only natural, un-dyed, unheated gemstones to create our malas.
  • We follow strict ancient rules of mala-making to ensure your mala is energetically pure and properly activated.
  • We design our malas with careful consideration of the natural properties of each gemstone.
  • We choose simple and meaningful designs that assist your meditation, don’t disturb it.
  • We create handmade jewelry with unique artistic details in a very limited edition, and we provide certificate of authenticity with each piece.
  • We make sure that all materials we use are vegetarian-friendly, allergenic-free and of the highest quality.
  • We do care about Mother Earth – all our packaging is made of 100% recycled materials and can be recycled.

RESPECT YOUR MALA

Your mala is not just a stylish accessory. It’s a powerful tool for meditation, protection, and it’s your connection link to the Divine. The word ‘mala’ can be translated from Sanskrit as a ‘divine garland’. Please try to treat it as such. Here are some simple rules everyone can easily follow:

  • Do not put your mala directly on the floor. Try not to touch it with your feet, and avoid wearing it below your waist (for example, as a belt or ankle decoration).
  • Even if you are left-handed, try to chant on your mala with your right hand. Avoid touching it with your index finger. The beads should be held between your thumb and middle finger when you chant on them.
  • Wash your hands, mouth and face after taking your meal before you touch your mala. Do the same purification routine after using toilet or waking up after sleep before you touch your beads.
  • Do not let other people wear your mala or chant on it if you don’t want the beads to accumulate other people’s  karma.
  • Once in a while rinse your mala with clean tap water to remove negative energy that your mala may accumulate serving as your protective and healing talisman. Don’t soak it. Pat dry gently.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MALA

Mala cleanses your chakras and energetic fields. Negative energy gets accumulated in your mala, so once in a while you should rinse it with clean tap water (or deep it in a river, lake or the ocean if you are lucky enough to live by the big waters). We suggest doing so at least once in two months. Dry your mala gently with soft cotton towel or cloth. If you perform intense chakra cleansing sessions using your gemstone mala, rinse your mala after each such session. We use waxed thread to prevent your mala from water damage. However, it is important not to soak it and dry it to keep the thread in a good shape. Keep in mind that your mala may contain metal or other elements that may need to be cleaned and dried gently to prevent change in color or damage. Remember that silver, copper and alloy details may need to be polished with time. Use only specially designed jewelry paste and cloth to prevent metal pendants and charms from damage.

Enjoy wearing your mala, and be happy!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why is it important to wear mala made of natural, un-dyed gemstones?

Synthetic and dyed stones are energetically dead and have no healing or protective properties. Rajni Jewels malas are always made of natural un-dyed gemstones only. We never compromise on the quality of our gemstones to make sure your mala is a powerful tool for meditation, chakra balancing, healing sessions and protection.

  • You say that Rajni Jewels malas are made according to ancient rules of mala-making. What does that mean and why is it important?

The word ‘mala’ itself can be translated from Sanskrit as a ‘divine garland’, so yes, there are so many special rules to keep in mind when making one. For instance, malas are traditionally made in smoke-free, alcohol-free and pet-free environment to make sure they are energetically pure. The most important factor is that who actually makes your mala. Is that person a vegetarian? Is he/she familiar with standards of subtle cleanliness? For instance, one cannot make mala of beads that fell on the floor and touched someone’s feet. One shouldn’t make mala after taking meal without washing his/her mouth, hands and eyes first. Those and many other rules exist to make sure your new mala is not energetically ‘contaminated’ but pure and karma-free. Sounds complicated? Don’t worry, Rajni Jewels designer Ananda Rupa Devi not just familiar with those strict rules, but, being a vegetarian, yogi and Ayurveda practitioner, she actually applies them in her everyday life. Be sure, your Rajni Jewels mala is charged with clean beneficial energy and properly activated.

  • Are your malas vegetarian-friendly?

Yes, all Rajni Jewels malas are vegetarian-friendly. We never use bone beads, leather cord or tassels in our malas as such materials are considered impure by the ancient scriptures. In some malas we do use pearls and tassels made of cruelty-free Tussar silk as those materials are considered to be pure, so check the item description carefully if you are looking for strictly vegan-friendly mala (which most of our products are).

  • Is it OK to mix different gemstones in one mala?

Yes, but only if those gemstones are compatible. Rajni Jewels malas are carefully designed with consideration of the natural properties of each gemstone. We never mix gems that may look nice together but make ‘bad neighbors’ according to their subtle qualities. As you may use your mala for meditation, we also avoid busy designs with confusing marking. Rajni Jewels say: your mala should look stylish and unique without compromising the essence.

  • Is your jewelry allergenic-free?

In Rajni Jewels we avoid allergenic materials. Most of the pendants and charms we use in our mala necklaces and bracelets are silver-plated or made of 925 sterling silver. When other metals and alloys are used, we do make sure they are tested and certified as nickel-free, lead-free and cadmium-free. So your risk of having a skin allergy is very minimal.

  • Are your malas limited edition or mass production?

All Rajni Jewels malas are handmade in a very limited edition. We do believe that mala-making process is an art and every piece should be special. We like simplicity, unique details, and the natural beauty of high-quality gemstones that only Mother Earth herself is capable to produce. We design collections with unique concept and character, and each mala has its own story and name. Rajni Jewels malas are created as one-of-a-kind or in a very limited edition. Once edition is sold out, it is never replicated again. To ensure that, each mala comes with certificate of authenticity.

  • Where are your malas made in?

All Rajni Jewels malas are proudly handmade in Detroit. We are honored to be part of the creative community that revives one of the most important cities in American history, once almost abandoned, but now coming back to life through endeavors of young entrepreneurs who cherish handmade and locally produced, support urban farming and small family businesses, and provide new opportunities to their neighborhoods. When you buy Rajni Jewels, you contribute into that great cause, and you also support work-from-home moms!

  • How are Rajni Jewels malas packed?

Our malas are packed in our signature red box with foiled Rajni Jewels logo. It’s perfect for storing your mala and is very presentable if you purchase Rajni Jewels as a gift. The boxes are made in the USA of 100% recycled cardboard (30% post-consumer and 70% post-industrial), so we don’t hurt the forest and those who depend on it. Red velveteen pouch is also included so you can easily take your mala with you to meditation or healing sessions, or when travelling. Each mala comes with certificate of authenticity and mantra meditation card (both printed on recycled paper with bio ink).

  • What’s your shipping and return policy?

All orders over 100$ ship free within U.S. with priority mail (unless there is any special promotion, please check our Shipping&Payment page). There is a flat-rate shipping of $15 for all international orders. International buyers are responsible for any local custom fees or taxes.

As mala accumulates karma of its wearer, we don’t resell returned items. For this reason we discourage returns. We encourage you to read description of each product carefully and ask all questions you may have before making a purchase. We do our best to provide you with high-quality product and all needed information to make sure you are happy with your new mala. We hope for your understanding and cooperation when it comes to responsible purchase. Please contact us via email within 2 weeks from the delivery date if you have any concerns or questions regarding your purchase .

Couldn’t find answer to your question? Not sure which mala to choose? Contact us at namaste@rajnijewels.com, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!