Do you know you can make your yoga jewelry instead of buying the cheap, mass-produced ones from big stores? Make your own mala beads is meaningful to the person you are giving to(even for yourself) and more affordable in so many ways. When you make mala beads, one of the best materials is gemstone beads. Not like glass beads, gemstones are nature's creations. Thus, each gem has its special meanings when it comes to creating mala beads. Depending on your mala jewelry's purpose, you can choose different gemstones to make them into pieces that fit your needs and requirements. Below is a list of the 14 best gemstones you can choose from to make your first piece of yoga jewelry.
14 Best Gemstones for making your mala beads now
I consider black onyx one of the most classic stones for mala making. This stone is a form of silicates. As its name informed, it has an opaque black color. As one of the earth element stones, black onyx provides protection and grounding energy to the wearer. Black onyx also calms anxiety and release negativity. The primary chakra of black onyx is the root chakra. You can design your mala beads with black onyx only. You can also add other root chakra stones such as black tourmaline, hematite, or garnet for stronger grounding connections.
White howlite is an off white borate minerals that have gray veins throughout. This stone symbolizes simplicity and purity. As one of the air element stones, white howlite can release anger and defuses rage for whoever is wearing them. White howlite represents Crown Charka. As jewelry designers, if you want to be more creative and productive, this stone is one of them to consider wearing often. Design your mala beads with white howlite and the Angelite gemstone to improve spirituality or bloodstone beads for extra creativity.
Amazonite is a seafoam green color feldspar mineral. Amazonite's name is inspired by the amazon river, even though there are no known links to both. As an earth and water element stone, amazonite has the healing properties of calming and promotes self-love. Amazonite mala beads go with females' divine energies as well. When making your mala beads, citrine, rose quartz, prehnite is excellent choices to collaborate with amazonite.
4. Lava beads
As one of the most common stones found all over the world, lava rock is often overlooked. Lava stone is one of nature's gifts - it is from the heart of the earth, which we all know the core of the earth filled with fire. For this reason, lava represents an element of fire. Lava rock has intense healing energy for grounding. It is also a stone that means rebirth without pasts burden and promoting strength for the current situations. Most of the waxed lava on the market have glue to bind inside the beads because the lava's original form is very delicate. When you make them into jewelry, they can break easily without proper care. However, in recent years, you see more and more unwaxed lava beads. They are mainly used for essential oils jewelry to absorb essential oils better. Since Lava rock is such an earthy stone, you can design with any other gemstone beads to embrace the beads' nature.
Carnelian is a reddish-orange semi-precious stone. This beautiful stone is a fire element stone that can help to bring back vital energy. Also, Carnelian embraces your creative side, even when you do not consider yourself creative. Carnelian is also associated with the three lower chakras, the root chakra, the sacral chakra, and the Solar Plexus Chakra. If you decide to use carnelian gemstone for your mala beads, making a simple bracelet and wear it without anything else can embrace Carnelian's exceptional energy.
Lapis lazuli is a stone often associated with the ancient royal Egyptians. They ground the stone into powder form for makeup and painting material since Lapis Lazuli's color is vibrant and intense. Spiritually, as a throat chakra stone, lapis lazuli promotes inner truth and self-confidence. We often suggest putting the opaque colored gemstones away from water and bright sunlight to damage the beads. If you love blue, we recommend making your first mala bracelets with lapis lazuli. It is such a good luck stone that will attract positive changes in your life.
Citrine is a semi transparent yellow quartz. Its stunning color can range from deep brownish yellow to rainbow sparkle yellow. Citrine is a stone of wealth and success. A lot of people also believe it brings joy and confidence to them. Citrine is a stone for the Solar Plexus Chakra and the Sacral Chakra. When making jewelry, we highly recommend using citrine with other high vibration stones, like clear quartz or tourmaline, to boost energy. Also, for delicate stones like citrine, avoid direct sunlight is a must. Strong sunlight might cause the color to fade over a long period.
Angel aura quartz is electroplated quartz. They are also known as metal-coated crystals, which means the stone is coated with precious metals like gold or silver to have the extreme shine. As magical as the stone name, Angel aura quartz is a remarkably high energy stone that goes well with all high vibration stones. It represents motivation, joy, and a new beginning. Suppose you need to make a mala necklace that symbolizes a new beginning from past situations. In that case, angel aura quartz should be the first one to consider.
Amethyst describes purple quartz, from deep eggplant purple to violet purple, amethyst could have different purple shapes. As one of the most well-known stones, amethyst is also a grounding and calming stone. As a wind element stone, amethyst also promotes dream work when you are sleeping. When it comes to mala making, amethyst beads are an excellent beading material for use alone. If you want to use amethyst with other stones, we recommend other quartz or root chakra stones like obsidian.
10. Moonstone Beads
Moonstone is a type of feldspar. When it comes to increasing feminine energy, this stone is a must-have. As a water and wind stone, it improves intuition and self-healing. This stone also creates peace of mind and help with fertility. When it comes to making mala beads, moonstone is one of the most popular stones to choose from. We suggest using alone at the beginning to experience and discover the energy between you and moonstone first since it is already powerful itself.
Labradorite is a type of gray feldspar mineral with natural rainbow flash. The flash makes labradorite unique since the flash ranges from blue, yellow, to purple. Labradorite brings a ton of magical and mystical energy. It is grounding and promotes overall wellbeing for your body. As a stone of transformation, this stone also represents courage. Using it for the Throat Chakra, labradorite helps us to stay rooted and truthful. Labradorite works well with moonstone and sunstone for mala beads.
12. Aquamarine Beads
Aquamarine is a type of blue beryl. The pure aqua color elicits the calming sea. As a blue crystal, it has a calming energy. Aquamarine also represents serenity, peace, and harmony. Aquamarine is a stone for the Throat Chakra, and it helps the wearer embrace truth. Natural untreated aquamarine can have a wide range of pricing. Usually, the more intensive the blue color is, the more expensive it is. However, the healing energy is the same. So you do not need to spend thousands of dollars on them if you are just simply seeking the healing power of aquamarine. We often recommend aquamarine for mala beads because the energy is so pure.
13. Tiger Eye Beads
Tiger eye is a type of Chalcedony. You can tell from the name; this yellowish-brown gem looks like tigers' eyes. Tiger eye gemstone has intense energy to create balance, luck, and intuition. Associated with the Root Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, and the Solar Plexus Chakra, Tiger eye is an excellent choice for making someone feel grounded. When it comes to tiger eye beads, there are so many colors to choose from. However, some are color enhanced or dyed, like pink tiger eye or blue tiger eyes. There are natural blue tiger eyes, but the blue hue is less obvious and often mixes with yellow hues. When you make mala beads with Tiger Eye, you will fall in love with them.
Last but not least, watermelon tourmaline is a great stone for your mala beads making. Watermelon tourmaline is a type of tourmaline with pink, green, sometimes white, and black colors variations. The stone signifies love and friendships, self-discipline, and anxiety relief. Associated with the Heart Charka, you will feel loved when you are wearing watermelon tourmaline. Watermelon tourmaline makes great mala beads material since the beads have so many spiritual meaning and healing properties.
When you first start out making mala beads, all the pieces of information online or offline can get pretty overwhelming. I genuinely hope this article can help you choose your gemstone beads for your first mala beads. Do not stress too much. Go with your heart to take your pick. After all, making jewelry should be enjoyable.
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