Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A MALA?

Malas are traditional meditation necklaces. They have 108 stones that form a circle. A separate stone, called the Guru bead is attached just outside the circle and is usually larger. Malas are completed with a tassel or a stone or crystal. 

 

There are knots in between each stone to represent a pause, a breath in between thoughts. When malas are used in meditation, for repeating mantras or counting breaths, the knots allow a person to go easily from one stone to the next even with closed eyes.

 

Malas are not new. They've been around for centuries in India and other parts of the world. Some say they're the precursor to the rosary. Today, malas are used in meditation, to help one focus on an affirmation or mantra, or are worn as a reminder of one's intention and purpose.

 

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF 108 STONES?

There are many reasons why 108 is significant. For instance, it is said that there are 108 lines of energy that lead to the heart chakra. There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet - each having a masculine and a feminine - therefore 108. In meditation, it is said that enlightenment may come if one can slow their breathing and take a total of 108 breaths per day. The number 108 also has special significance in astrology and in Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions.

 

HOW DO I PICK A MALA?

I've often heard it said that the mala picks you. Does that sound a bit too weird for you? I thought so too at first but it's been the case so many times that I am now a believer. Stones have very specific vibrations and properties. I've found that most people will naturally be drawn to a mala that reflects that which is needed in their lives.

 

If you'd like to choose stones based on their properties, you can check out our list of stones and find those that speak most to you and then visit my selection or consider a custom creation

 

HOW LONG ARE MALAS?

Malas come in two sizes of beads - 6mm and 8mm.

The 6mm malas are generally 18" in length plus the tassel or finishing decoration.

The 8mm malas are generally 22" in length, plus the tassel or finishing decoration.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SIZE OF BRACELETS FOR WOMEN AND MEN?

The average size of a woman's bracelets is usually around 7" in circumference. Men's bracelets are usually 7.5".  The easiest way to measure for a bracelet is to wrap a string around your wrist and then to measure the length of string. If you have any questions about sizing, I am happy to help. 

 

CAN I INFUSE MY STONES WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?

 

Lava Rock is porous and will hold the smell of essential oils better than polished stone. If you love essential oils, consider selecting a piece with Lava Rock or have some added to an existing design. I have the traditional black ones as well as other colours.

I'D LIKE A CUSTOM CREATION, NOW WHAT?

If you are interested in creating something truly unique, please contact me by filling out this form.

 

WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF A CUSTOM CREATION?

I love to make custom creations. I love to hear people's stories of struggle and triumph and want your creation to be special for you.  I will take time to discuss your vision with you. The cost will be similar to items in our gallery with similar stones. Please note that an additional, non-refundable charge of $10 for bracelets, pocket malas and earrings and $30 for malas may apply to custom creations.

 

 

DO YOU OFFER A DISCOUNT FOR BULK ORDERS?

 

I use very high quality stones in my work and offer my products at the best price point possible. That said, if you are considering purchasing for a group or a team, please email me and I would be happy to discuss a suitable arrangement with you.

WHAT IF I DON'T LOVE MY PURCHASE?

It means the world to me that you love your purchase and I want to make sure you do. If, for some reason, you aren't satisfied, please contact me right away. I will make it right. You have 14 days to return your unworn creation for a refund or exchange it for another.

Please note that I am unable to offer returns or exchanges on custom pieces.

ARE ANY OF YOUR CREATIONS CARRIED IN STORES?

 

My creations are currently carried at The Village Sanctuary in Carp and at Willow Wellness in Richmond (where I also teach yoga). Check them out! 

BEING LOCATED IN CANADA, DO YOU OFFER BILINGUAL SERVICE?

Oui. Il me fera plaisir de discuter avec vous dans les deux langues officielles.

WHAT IS LIVE YOUR BALANCE?

Live Your Balance is the name of my Coaching and Yoga business. After connecting with my jewelry clients over the years and feeling like I was making a small difference in their journey, I decided that I wanted to have a bigger impact in my community. I became a yoga teacher so I could share just how much yoga has helped me through tough times. After some more soul searching, I felt compelled to use my challenging experience as a caregiver for my husband following a serious car accident to be of service to others in similar situations. I became a Coach. My vision is to normalize self-care and compassion so that we may all live and expect a balanced life. I hope you'll check out my site

DON'T SEE YOUR QUESTION HERE?  

 

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