ThePolishedGemMalas

Ethically Made Artisan Quality Malas

Viroqua, Wisconsin 292 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (106)

ThePolishedGemMalas

Ethically Made Artisan Quality Malas

Viroqua, Wisconsin | 292 Sales

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Anna Kimm

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Announcement    At The Polished Gem, you'll find artisan quality mala necklaces created with love and intention.
*Ethically Sourced High-End gemstones.
*Free domestic shipping in Eco-Friendly Packaging.
*Every Mala comes with a hand-stamped organic cotton gift-bag.
*Handmade by Yogini Anna Kimm.
*Solar Powered Studio.

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Last updated on Aug 3, 2019

At The Polished Gem, you'll find artisan quality mala necklaces created with love and intention.
*Ethically Sourced High-End gemstones.
*Free domestic shipping in Eco-Friendly Packaging.
*Every Mala comes with a hand-stamped organic cotton gift-bag.
*Handmade by Yogini Anna Kimm.
*Solar Powered Studio.

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About ThePolishedGemMalas

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Fine Artisan Malas made with Ecological Responsibility.

Welcome to The Polished Gem Malas.

The Polished Gem was born from my conscious intention to live creatively and to share my highest self with the world. As a fine artist, yoga teacher, and fellow traveler on this Earth- I vow to run an environmentally responsible *creative* small business.

Imagine the weight of a cool stone Mala around your neck, or sensing each stone between your fingers during Japa, knowing you've helped support the artist who made it.

Imagine the shakti (power) of a Mala created with a responsibility to Mother Earth. In my craft, I use ethically-sourced high-end gemstones and sustainable packaging.

I treat the creation of each mala as an offering; it's part of my daily practice. May my Malas carry the power (shakti) and energy of the yoga tradition, and may they be an effective tool for awakening your highest potential.

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  • Anna Kimm

    Owner, Creator, Shipper

    BFA Fine Art 2006 Yoga Teacher since 2007 Mommy since 2011

  • Hanna Agar

    Photographer

    Hanna Agar Photography- Conceptual, theatrical, silly, surreal portrait and commercial photographer. www.hannaagar.com

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Last updated on May 14, 2018
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Care instructions

Malas are sacred objects and are said to absorb the energy of their surroundings. Malas hold the power of your practice. They should be kept in an organic bag when not in use and treated with reverence and care.
Therapeutic Malas, worn for their healing properties, can help wearers carry a sense of peace, calm, mindfulness and focus with them throughout the day. Some traditions suggest you “active” your mala once it arrives. You may intuitively create your own tradition.
A broken mala is meant to symbolize a broken karmic cycle. It's a sign to bring new intentions into your life. Please see the listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/591012479/restring-broken-mala-mala-repair?ref=shop_home_active_26

Custom and personalized orders

I love custom orders! See my custom orders listing for details: https://www.etsy.com/listing/271312336/custom-mala108-mala54-malaknotted-prayer?ref=shop_home_active_16

Wholesale availability

Please send me a message at annaalena@gmail.com for my wholesale pricing list.

What is a Mala?

Malas are traditionally used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name of a deity. Repetition calms the subconscious mind. Mantras should be done at least 108 times before meditation. This sādhanā (practice) is known in Sanskrit as japa.

Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. They are similar to other forms of prayer beads used in various world religions.

Malas hold the shakti (power/energy) of your practice. They should be kept in an organic bag when not in use and treated with reverence and care.

What is a Mantra?

Mantra, in Sanskrit, means that which protects, expands, and integrates the mind. All different yogic paths from devotion and knowledge to Hatha and Raja employs mantra as the most common technique in practice. Mantra provides well-being and adaptability to the mind. Repetition and contemplation of its meaning are said to break us out of that which binds us (karmas, samskaras), and awaken us to our highest potentials.

There are many ways to use mantra. Repetition of bija (seed) mantras such as OM, and HUM and SHRIM are open to everyone. SO HUM is widely used. Longer “open” mantras can be given by a qualified teacher. Mantras should be repeated for 1-3 months before incorporating your Mala into practice.

How do I use a Mala to Meditate?

Hold the mala on your ring finger (between ring and middle), move it with the thumb and middle finger in the direction of your heart. The index finger should not be used. Start one bead from the Guru bead. Once you go around each of the 108 beads you arrive at the beginning (back at the Guru bead), this is not a bead to be counted or passed over. Simply stop here or reverse direction for 108 more repetitions.

Will I receive the Mala Pictured?

Yes, though it will not be the one in the photo. I only use natural gemstones, so you can expect slight variation in your gems. I use the same stones listed on the description, but each piece is handmade and unique. Let me know if you want to customize any aspect of your mala.

Where do you buy your stones? Are they ethically sourced?

I buy most of my gemstones from Dakota Stones. It's a family owned and operated business in Minnesota. All of their products come from ethically sourced rough material that is cut and polished and small, family-owned factories paying living wages to workers in a safe facility. All my natural + organic Beads (Sandalwood, Rudraksha and Rosewood) come from Mahima creations in Vrindavan India.