Who can wear the jewelry?

Yogis, fashionistas, surfers, meditators, nine-to-fivers, executives, professional hippies, moms, dads, aunts & uncles, teens... the list goes on. The jewelry can be worn by anyone seeking a calmer mind, body, and spirit.

How is the jewelry unique?

Each piece of jewelry is hand-made in Bali. One of things that makes our malas unique is that the beads are received without holes in them- fresh off the trees! They are drilled from the top, where the bead was attached to the tree, to the bottom. The bead is also threaded the same way to maintain the prana, or energy.

What is the significance of having 108 beads in my mala?

All of our malas are made to specific spiritual numbers.  The number 108 is significant for numerous reasons. Some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul, while others believe there are 108 desires in mortals, matched by the same amount of lies and delusions. Some associate the possibility of enlightenment with taking only 108 breaths a day, while in deep meditation. Others connect the number's significance to the heart chakra, as there is said to be 108 energy lines leading to it, one of which is believed to be the path to self realization.

How do I use my mala?

Malas are often used to help count mantras during meditation. What's a mantra? It's a word or sound repeated to aid in your concentration during meditation. To count your mantras, hold your mala in your hand, and turn each bead with your thumb. Reaching the guru bead during meditation, the bead that dangles from the mala, signals a time for reflection. Do not continue over the guru bead. Instead, turn around and continue in the other direction.

Are these the actual malas from Eat, Pray, Love?

Yes, as a matter of fact they are! Julia Roberts donned the malas in the movie while filming in India and Ubud, Bali. She was also featured in O Magazine wearing one of our gold malas, which can be ordered upon request.

Where do rudraksha beads come from?

Our rudraksha jewelry is made from rudraksha beads. They are grown inside of what looks like a blueberry on trees in South East Asia. Our authentic beads are sustainably harvested and fairly traded.

What does rudraksha mean?

The name rudraksha stems from Hindu mythology and means “the eyes of Shiva." It is widely believed that the god meditated on the welfare of mankind and emerged crying tears of compassion. Upon hitting the earth, the tears crystallized to form the trees.

What are the healing qualities of rudraksha beads?

It's believed that there are many healing qualities associated with wearing rudraksha beads. Many people believe the beads help alleviate stress, depression and lethargy. Others have said the beads reduce heart disease, lower blood pressure and increase mental clarity. Ancient Hindu scriptures have proclaimed that the beads bless one with peace of mind, protect against evil doers and spirits, and grant nirvana, moksha, peace, and prosperity.

Are there different types of rudraksha beads?

The rudraksha bead varies in size from 3 mm to 40 mm. The smaller beads are the most rare. The beads have a very long life, sometimes known to last up to eight generations. Most importantly, each bead has a number of facets or serrations on the face, which are called mukhis and or mukhas.  We mainly use five mukhis, which is the bead that represents lord Shiva, and is the most commonly sought after.

What are the healing qualities of Sandalwood beads?

In ancient Buddhist tradition, Sandalwood has been celebrated as the perfect meditation tool for thousands of years. It is widely believed that the sandalwood scent can stimulate sensuality, grant a sense of awareness, invoke tranquility, awaken the divine thoughts within and promote profound relaxation. Burning sandalwood incense can benefit healing work by promoting a deeper relaxed state in the healer, increasing spiritual energy.

How do I care for my rudraksha / sandalwood jewelry?

Rudraksha & Sandalwood beads are sacred and need to be treated with respect and care. We suggest you wash them every so often to remove dirt and dust, and to oil them with coconut or sandalwood oil for preservation. Due to your natural body oil, they will turn darker with wear, which is the desired effect. It's best to remove the jewelry when sleeping.

Will my rudraksha / sandalwood jewelry look the same as in the picture?

Each piece of jewerly is hand made, using hand-picked rudraksha or sandalwood beads and gemstones based on their vibrations and energies. Therefore, each gemstone is unique and may vary in colour and pattern. But rest assured, the rudkrasha or sandalwood beads and gemstones will still carry their believed qualities.

Will the rudraksha / sandalwood jewelry cure my problems?

While many believe in the healing qualities of rudraksha and sandalwood beads, as well as the benefits from certain gemstones, Mala Collective does not intend for these products to treat, cure or prevent any disease. The results are the sole responsibility of the wearer. Please consult your own physician regarding the treatment of any medical condition. This information is not a replacement for a thorough consultation and examination from a licensed health professional.


All prices are listed in USD and do not include applicable taxes or shipping fees. The risk of loss for all merchandise ordered on this website passes to you the buyer when the merchandise is delivered to our shipping carrier. Please contact us at questions@malacollective.com to request a tracking number, and we will gladly add it to your order.  We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages and/or missing items that do not have a tracking number or are in process with the courier or in the case it has been delivered, does not have a signature at delivery point.

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