DreamRavenGems

Nature Inspired Jewelry and Eco Friendly Malas

Langley, Washington · 17 Sales

DreamRavenGems

Nature Inspired Jewelry and Eco Friendly Malas

Langley, Washington 17 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars
(3)

Announcement   ~*~*~ Holiday Specials ~*~*~
The window for Christmas shipping has closed, but you can still get 20% off and free standard shipping for all malas, and winter-themed eco-friendly gift wrapping can still be ordered at checkout.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 20, 2017

~*~*~ Holiday Specials ~*~*~
The window for Christmas shipping has closed, but you can still get 20% off and free standard shipping for all malas, and winter-themed eco-friendly gift wrapping can still be ordered at checkout.

Amanda Larson

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Amanda Larson

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(3)
Davitta Grice

Davitta Grice on Mar 29, 2017

3 out of 5 stars

Arrived quickly but the wire broke a few days later.

Amanda

Amanda responded on May 1, 2017

Customer was trying to wear a pocket mala as a wrist mala, which (as stated in the product description) they are not intended for. Pocket malas are built for strength when used as a mala, but the crimp bead construction is not meant to withstand the tugging necessary to fit these petite malas over a hand. Despite the misunderstanding on the use of the mala, I sent a prepaid return shipping label, repaired the mala, and shipped it back free of charge. Never heard back after she received the repaired mala. As I offered this customer, if you would like a pocket mala to wear as a wrist mala, and your wrist is small enough to fit one (many aren't since these use 6mm beads), I'm always happy to custom string one on elastic Powercord or create a full-size wrist mala using your desired stone type.

Jessi

Jessi on Sep 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love it! It has such deep tones and a beautiful pattern. It's unique, with multiple small touches that really make the piece one of a kind! I couldn't have asked for a better mala. Thank you!

Updates

Just received a new bead shipment, including four new Mexican gemstones that will soon be available as pocket malas - Agua Nueva, Laguna Lace and Red Lightning agate, and Venus jasper. Mexican Bird's Eye Rhyolite and Red Snowflake are already available.

About

Ecologically and socially responsible natural jewelry and prayer beads

Growing up in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, I've always felt a deep connection to nature.

I carefully select the materials I use with the goal of bringing you beautiful pieces of nature created from quality materials with minimal impact on the natural world.

My primary concerns with jewelry are what materials go into a piece and where they are sourced from. Along with considering the environmental impact, I look for materials that support local communities like artisan charms and beads.

I work with a wide variety of jewelry styles, and am also drawn to some of the more historic uses of beads, especially the beauty, energy and tradition of prayer beads.

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~ Gemstones ~
My preference is for stones that come from small mines and in particular those that do not require the removal of surface vegetation to access. I do not use stones that are mined in sensitive ecological regions such as Madagascar and Brazil, where a lot of the market's semi-precious stones are currently coming from, or where mining has been associated with human rights abuses / supports oppressive regimes.

Unless otherwise noted, all the gemstones used in my jewelry are natural and not dyed or treated to artificially enhance their color as has become common practice for many semi-precious gemstones.

~ Glass Beads ~
I sometimes use new glass beads, mostly to stand in for gemstones that I don't yet have a good source for (e.g. pink fire polished glass instead of Rose Quartz), but nearly all of the glass beads used in my designs are vintage beads or made from recycled glass, mostly from Africa.

~ Wood, Nut, and Seed Beads ~
All the wood I use is sustainably harvested from non-threatened, fast-growing trees. Preference is given to industry by-products such as palmwood (coconut, not palm oil trees) that aren't cut solely for the jewelry industry. All seeds and nuts used are likewise from non-threatened plant and tree species. Nearly all the species of wood and seeds I use are harvested in the Philippines and support their green jewelry industry.

~ Vegan Jewelry ~
All of my jewelry is created without the use of animal products such as leather, pearls or live-collected shells (I do occasionally use second-hand shells from thrift stores or shells I find empty on the beach). That means I also do not use several materials (bone, coral, horn) that are traditional for malas in some areas, but with all the beautiful alternatives available, I'm sure you'll still be able to find something that is perfect for you.

~ Threads and Cords ~
I prefer to work with naturally-derived cords—hemp, bamboo, cotton and linen. Unless otherwise noted, all the cotton cord used in my work is organic. I hand coat the cotton cord with beeswax rather than the petroleum-based coating used on conventional cotton cord.

Some designs that require elasticity or extra durability do use high-grade synthetic cords, including elastic Powercord or nylon-coated, 49-strand steel beading wire. These types of cording are more durable than natural cord, and most designs using natural cords can be strung on one of these alternatives if you need a piece that doesn't mind getting wet.

~ Charms ~
All my newer malas are created with Hill Tribe silver charms. They are crafted from solid fine silver ( 98% pure) handmade using traditional techniques in Thailand by the Karen tribe. I do have a some remaining malas done with TierraCast charms, which are made in the US of silver or gold electroplated lead-free pewter.

Don't hesitate to ask if you're looking for a design in a different size or otherwise customized. As long as I have the materials available, I'm always happy to customize pieces at no additional charge and to restring malas for only the cost of shipping.

I hope you enjoy wearing these little pieces of nature as much as I enjoy making them!

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  • Amanda Ann Larson

    Owner

    I'm a Pacific Northwest artist with a passion for the environment, biodiversity and organic agriculture. I share my Whidbey Island farm with my family and menagerie of critters.

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