What drew me to this mala is the interconnected nature of it. All the people that created and touched it and the love and care that went into it. Every day I hold it in both hands and admire the beautiful nature of it. I know one day the gold will fade and the earthiness of the bead will be more apparent. That's the beauty of it, I want to watch it change. The gold is covering the craftsmanship of the bead. It's as if I am unwrapping a small beautiful gift every day. It's a beautiful teaching in the impermant nature of all things.
Letha, thank you fro your feedback! We're honored to hear that our beads have such a deep meaning to you and are more than just a mala. The meaning you've attached to this piece is a great one and we know it takes a special person, such as yourself, to think outside the box and see more than what meets the eye. We hope it continues to serve your practice, as well as your daily life. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and thank you for supporting Himalayan artisans!
The beads were even more beautiful than pictured; the gold is very regal against the natural bead. Have had several comments about them and questions as to where I purchased!
I learned about clay and gold Thai Buddha beads at Dharmashop and eventually had to see this mala in person (and bought and kept it). I think these are the ultimate wabi-sabi beads (the idea of beauty in imperfection, naturalness and impermanence). They are smooth to rough dark clay with varied, random gold leaf. Shiny and rough, each one is different, very, very cool beads. The mala is a bit stiff due to length and cording but that can be dealt with through gentle use or restringing.
Beautiful beads at an amazing price!!They have a nice weight to them and feel good in my hands - not too big, not too small. They are quite stiff when you first get them, but do NOT try to stretch the stringing material as it's stiff and will not stretch ... you will end up busting them! Just work the beads together in your hands to remove the little bits of ceramic/clay off between them and this loosens them up to where they are not nearly as tight. They fit real good around my neck and also can be wrapped around my wrist, although their weight is such that I probably would not want them on my wrist long term. Overall - I highly recommend these beads.
I had a set of these that were larger and loved them. These are great to carry around as they much smaller and perfect to count. The gold has not worn off the first one at all and I have had it for years.