I was first introduced to Mala necklaces, at my friend Lisa's shop, HaleZen, on Maui, Easily drawn to their beauty–I loved the idea of wearing a long strand of gems with a tassle at the end. Looking more closely I learned that many of the beads were actually *Rudrani and *Rudraksha seeds—a rare and precious seed with healing properties. Celebrities such as Donna Karan, Sting and Julie Roberts, to name just a few, have collected and worn Malas for years now. It is said that to wear a Mala is to "wear peace".
The Malas are made by Soma, artist and founder of Aum Rudraksha Designs. Living in Bali she creates jewelry with the intention of bringing the "power of ancient sages to the modern" world. Rudraksha/Rudrani beads are at the foundation of each piece of jewelry and are the oldest known prayer beads. It is believed that they bring blessings to all who wear them.
In a recent conversation Lisa shared the following;
"On one of our trips to Bali, they were filming Eat Pray Love in the marketplace in Ubud. One of Soma's assistants had been hired as an extra in the movie and gave Julia Roberts a few of Soma's Malas. She wore them in the movie, and you can still see her wearing them in interviews and photos to this day. Once you wear them and feel the healing energy they emit, you're forever drawn to them".
*The rare and tiny beads of Rudrani are said to represent the feminine while the Rudraksha represent the masculine.
I fell in love with an agate and turquoise necklace but could have left with more than one!
On your next trip to Maui, make sure you stop into HaleZen to see these meaningful lovelies. If you cannot wait, Lisa, Molly or anyone of their fabulous team will be happy to help you via phone or email. To inquire about the necklaces above email firstname.lastname@example.org and please mention that Pamela and Marianne of Patina & Hue sent you!
photo credits: Julia Roberts & Sting: copyright © 2007-2014 Bali Malas. All rights reserved.