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What is a Mala?

A mala is a string of 108 beads used for prayer and meditation by people all over the world. Each bead is separated by a tiny knot which allows the beads to turn with ease. These malas are a counting tool for keeping track while reciting, chanting, or inwardly repeating a mantra for manifesting all that your heart desires. The practice of using these 108 beads to keep count of your mantra is known as japa - repetition of a sacred word or syllable or name of God. Committing to a daily japa will bring life-changing clarity, intention and peace. All malas have a guru bead - the larger bead at the bottom that lets you know you have come to the end of your japa. Little Jay Malas are made with precious and semi-precious stones that have special significance and healing properties. Each bead is strung and knotted with love and joy and will help you manifest miracles.

What are Bija Beads?

Bija Beads are necklaces that have all the benefits of the precious and semi-precious stones they are made from, but don’t have the 108 beads of the mala. Bija Beads are tiny yet represent growth and transformation - the word “bija” in sanskrit means “seed”. Little Jay’s Bija Beads are smaller and more delicate and can be worn alone or paired and layered with malas. Some of the most popular styles of Bija Beads are charm necklaces, wire wrapped necklaces, and chakra necklaces.

Sacred Symbols

Little Jay uses a variety of Sacred Symbols on our malas, Sacred Jewelry, and bracelets. These Sacred Symbols can show up as charms, pendants, or carvings. Here is a list of Sacred Symbols and their meanings to help you choose what resonates with you:

Tassel / Enlightenment
Buddha / Guidance and Inspiration
Ganesh / Abundance
Hamsa / Protection
Mandala / Completeness
Om / Sound of the universe
Lotus / Spiritual awakening
Heart / Love
Feather / Angelic Presence
Butterfly / Transformation
Key / Knowledge
Elephant / Loyalty, wisdom, steadfastness
Angel wing / Connection with loved ones who have passed
Eye / Spiritual truth


Aventurine is known as the “Stone of Opportunity,” thought to be the luckiest of all crystals, especially in manifesting prosperity and wealth. Its winning energy makes it a great ally for boosting one’s chances in any situation. Green Aventurine releases old patterns, habits and disappointments so new growth can take place. It brings optimism and a zest for life, allowing one to move forward with confidence and to embrace change.

Agate attracts strength. Agate is a protection from bad dreams. It also protects from stress and energy drains and promotes serenity. Agates have been used in jewelry since Biblical Babylonian times. They were used to ward off storms. They were prized gems in antiquity.

Amazonite soothes the spirit and calms the soul. Called the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, Amazonite empowers one to search the self and discover one’s own truths and integrity, and to move beyond fear of judgment. It provides the freedom to express one’s thoughts and feelings, and to set strong and clear boundaries. Named after the Amazon warrior goddesses, this stone brings out your fearless self.

Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate and soothe the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love, and signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality.

Aquamarine is most powerful as a meditation stone, as it brings a great peace and serenity. The aquamarine is the stone of sailors, believing it would be protection for them on water. Folklore says the aquamarine will protect against gossip. It is also said the aquamarine will pick up spirits. It is an excellent stone to use for meditating.

Black Tourmaline was relied upon by ancient magicians to protect them from earth demons as they cast their spells. Today this stone is still revered as a premier talisman of protection, a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces. It guards against radiation and environmental pollutants, and is highly useful in purifying and neutralizing one’s own negative thoughts and internal conflicts, and turning them into positive, usable energy.

Blue lace agate is a gentle, calming stone that engenders tranquility and grace. Blue lace agate brings with this calm and tranquility a lessening of anger, even deep anger issues, and a calming of nervousness. It is even considered a happiness stone from these harmonious energies it carries, as well as one of hope.

Bronzite is beneficial to use when making plans for the future because it alleviates indecision and doubt. Bronzite is also believed to be effective against curses or ill wishes.

Carnelian captivates like the unexpected fire of a sunset, or the first flash of autumn brilliance. It brings energy that is stimulating and empowering. Known as a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage, carnelians have protected and inspired throughout history.

Celestite offers a gentle uplifting energy that will raise one's awareness. It is an effective stone to use in order to establish and maintain communication with the angelic realm. Celestite is used to open the third eye to higher dimensions. It is effective in strengthening psychic abilities as well as mental capacity for inspiration, learning skills and discipline.

Chalcedony nurtures and promotes brotherhood and good will. It is used to assist telepathy, it absorbs negative energy and dissipates it, harmonizes mind, body, and spirit and instills generosity.

Cinnabar has been used for its beautiful red color since the peak of the Mayan civilization. It is a stone of transformation to the Higher Self. It has long been used as a symbol for love and desire.

Dumortierite acts as an aid to your mental capabilities in overcoming tough situations. It opens the third eye chakra to enhance mental and emotional intelligence as well as psychic abilities.

Garnet is known as the stone for a successful business. It is believed that if a garnet is put under a pillow it will cure depression and elevate self-esteem. It helps protect one on trips. Garnets bring constancy to friendships and bring focus and drive.

Hematite is known as the "blood stone" and is used to strengthen and improve relationships. When worn next to the heart, hematite enforces family bonds and keeps loved ones close. Hematite is used to bring mental organization and is very grounding and calming. It can help with original thinking, logical thinking, and mathematics, any type of thinking which requires significant mental organization. Emotionally, hematite decreases negativity. This  lowering of negativity can benifit by helping balance the body/mind/spirit connection.  It also is said to balance the meridiians, boost self-esteen, and self-confidence.

Jade is most valued for its metaphysical properties. It is the ultimate "Dream Stone," revered in ancient cultures, as well as today, to access the spiritual world, gain insight into ritualistic knowledge, encourage creativity, and dream-solve. It is cherished as a protective talisman, assuring long life and a peaceful death, and is considered a powerful healing stone. An amulet of good luck and friendship, Jade signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility, dispelling the negative and encouraging one to see oneself as they really are.

Labradorite allows one's innate magical powers to surface. It enhances the mental and intuitive abilities of clairvoyance, telepathy, prophecy and coincidence control, and assists in communication.

Larimar is the embodiment of the tranquil Sea and Sky energies. Its soft, soothing blues and calming turquoise is streaked with white patterns that resemble sunlight dancing beneath Caribbean waters. It brings the ancient wisdom of Atlantis and the healing power of dolphins to harmonize the body and soul.

Lapis Lazuli is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind and enhancing intellectual ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, and aids the process of learning. It is excellent for enhancing memory. A stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of the spirit, and in the spoken and written word. Wear it for all forms of deep communication. It is also a stone of friendship and brings harmony in relationships.

Lepidolite is a stone of calm, trust, and acceptance. It has a strong relaxing, balancing and calming effect. It brings hope in dark times by lending a sense of balance and calm. Lepidolite is a stone of transformation in that it helps one get through transitions with trust that everything will ultimately turn out for the best. It engenders and enhances self-love, patience, and optimism.

Magnesite is a wonderful relaxing and calming stone to use in meditation... and it has the potential to aid you to create quite amazing changes in your life. It has a soothing vibration, and if you meditate with it, and specifically tune into the energy of your heart it will allow your mind to respond to the desires of the heart.

Moss agate is a miraculous healing stone for tribal priests of the past, giving them power to interact with our human organic system, and was used as a talisman to make warriors strong and victorious. Women use moss agate to get in tune with their inner strength and warrior goddess.

Onyx guards against negativity. It fortifies self confidence and responsibility and encourages a healthy ego. It releases negative emotions such as sorrow and grief.

Quartz crystals are the most common and abundant in the world, comprising the largest and most diverse family in the mineral kingdom. From ancient times to the present day, quartz crystals have been a source of Light to mankind. Highly valued by spiritual leaders and healers as well as scientists, the unique attributes of quartz have played a key role in mankind's evolutionary development. Today's healers believe crystals are living beings, incredibly old and wise, and willing to communicate when an individual is open and ready to receive. Wearing, carrying or meditating with a Clear Quartz crystal opens the mind and heart to higher guidance, allowing the realm of Spirit to be transmitted and translated into the world of physical form.

Rhodonite soothes the nervous system. This gemstone vibrates with love. Just holding this gemstone promotes relaxation and brings a sense of well-being. This is a balance gemstone and is used to clear the psychic centers.

Root fossil has strong properties keep you grounded to the Earth and protected, and secures your aura within the physical world.

Rose quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates a Divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. Reawakening the heart to its own innate love, it provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, allowing one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others.

Rudraksha evolved from the eyes of Lord Shiva hence, it's called Rudraksha. Rudra means Shiva and Aksha means eyes. Rudraksha is considered to be a spiritual bead. It has been used since ancient times for increasing spiritual power, self confidence, and courage and for building a positive attitude in the midst of our hectic lives.

Tiger Eye lets you see everything. Use it for insight and intuition. Tiger eye brings good luck and protection from the evil eye. It also known to bring clear thinking and clarity.

Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch and healing to the eye. Its unique shade of blue, often blue-green, lends it name, Turquoise, to all things of this tranquil hue.

How do I care for my mala or Sacred Jewelry?

Your mala is strung and knotted on top quality, very strong cord and will not break unless yanked. However accidents do happen. Little Jay will restring your mala for a small fee determined by type of mala and if any beads need to be replaced. Please do not wear your mala while swimming or bathing or while exercising. Mala necklaces are meant to be worn around your neck, not your wrist. Mala bracelets should not be stretched around ankles. Treat your mala with love and it will love you right back!

Your mala is made of semi-precious stone that is highly sensitive and absorbs energy. You should never lend your mala to another person - it is sacred and special and holds all your hopes and dreams. When you first receive your mala it has been charged and set upon with good intentions, however you may wish to cleanse it from time to time. A few good ways to do this is as follows:

• Let your beads recharge by absorbing the moon's rays overnight. Full moons, super moons and blood moons are extra special!
• Smudge your mala with white sage. Purify the stone by enveloping it in the smoke from your sage bundle.
• Let your mala absorb the vibrations from a singing bowl or meditation bell.
• Wear your mala often! Keeping the stone close to you allows the stone to soak up your own personal energy.

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