Making of a Mala - Part 1: Hemimorphite and Gold
Mala-making is a very intuitive process for me. Parvanah malas are created to be a gentle reminder of a greater intention. They’re meant to hold meaning: from the metaphysical attributes of the individual stones, to their collective message, to the special intention set on the piece by the wearer.
There are two ways that I go about designing a mala: I create what comes to me in the moment and I create based off of client requests. My creative process is highly intuitive. I wait until the design appears to me, which often moves through several versions in my mind until I see one that feels right. When I sit down to put my vision to reality I make sure that I’m in the right space – mentally, physically, spiritually. The intent that I put into a mala while making it is just as important as the physical design and the meaning of the stones used to create it.
It’s a beautiful blend of maker + material + meaning.
The journey of these malas begins when a beautiful soul contacts me and answers some questions to help me understand what they are looking for. This part of the process is something for which I am truly grateful. My clients continue to humble me with their trust in my process and their openness to answering my questions.
The space that is created between maker and requester is a sacred one. It requires trust, patience, and intuition. In the end something beautiful emerges and the requester (the client) is fully empowered to decide whether they are drawn to the piece. If they are, then it becomes theirs. If not, then it is offered to the world. No questions asked. No obligation for either party.
This hemimorphite mala is particularly representative of my creative process.
I was contacted by a lovely soul to make a mala inspired by her. After reading through her responses to my questions I sat with them for several days. Colours and stones started to come to mind and within a week a design emerged, but it's not just the aesthetic of the mala that's important. It's also the meaning. The patterns that emerged from the individual stones' meanings formed a collective meaning that was perfectly aligned with her responses.
It was instant love.
Here she is: a premium rudraksha mala featuring hemimorphite, labradorite and lava stone with all gold vermeil and gold-filled accents.
Representing personal growth and gentle healing.
A consistent reminder to come back to self. Prompting the wearer to pause, breathe, and reconnect.
To be still.
To be light.