Aquamarine

Light blue color. Helps with perseverance, discipline, speaking clearly, ease fully and honestly as well as light heartedness.

Ayurveda

Traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems using diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.Description coming soon...

BorderLeaves.jpg

Bangles    

Traditional wrist ornaments worn mostly by South Asian women in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Bangles are traditionally worn three or more per wrist.

Banyan Tree    

A tree which figures prominently in several Asian and Pacific cultures, religions and myths, including Hinduism, where it is said to be the resting place for Krishna.

Bayong Wood    

A hardwood from the Philippines.

Bodhi Tree    

Is a large and very old Sacred Fig (or Pipal) tree located in Bodh Gaya, India, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher later known as Shakyamuni or Gautama Buddha, is said to have achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi. Similarly, five of the six 'Universal Buddhas' of the epochs that preceded Shakyamuni achieved their enlightenment under their respective bodhi-trees, the ashoka, sal, shirisha, udumbara, and  banyan trees.

Brass    

An alloy (mixed metal) made primarily of copper and zinc. Not to be confused with bronze which is principally an alloy (mixed metal) of copper and tin. Our products are made with brass which is 68-70% copper, with the balance zinc.

Bronze    

An alloy (mixed metal) of copper and tin.

BorderLeaves.jpg

Chakra    

The concept of chakra features in tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Chakras are energy points or nodes in the subtle body. Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels called nadiis. Nadiis are channels in the subtle body through which the life force (prana) (non-physical) or vital energy (non-physical) moves. Various scriptural texts and teachings present a different number of chakras. There are many chakras in the subtle human body according to the tantric texts, but there are seven chakras that are considered to be the most important ones.

Chinese Turquoise    

A gem-quality material exported from China with a unique color which tends to be greener and less blue than the North American variety.

Conflict-free Metal    

DRC Conflict Free is defined to mean products that do not contain conflict minerals or their derivatives determined to be directly or indirectly financing or benefiting armed groups in the DRC or adjoing country (Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Congo and Central African Republic.        

Copper    

A metal consisting primarily of the element Copper.  Our copper is cold rolled which is between half hard and full hard.  A freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color.  Copper will naturally form a patina (coating) with age.

Dvara    

Literally translates as "door" in Sanskrit.

Dosha

Observed in Ayurvedic medicine - each of three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity (Vatta = Air, Pitta = Fire and Water, Kapha = Earth).

End bead/Guru bead    

The bead/pendant at the end of a Mala.  The Guru bead symbolizes "the wisdom which cognizes emptiness, and emptiness itself." - Robert Beer 2003.

Essential Oil

The volatile aromatic compounds usually heat extracted from plant parts.

Flower Essence

A substance prepared and collected with water from a flowering plant.  Used therapeutically to uplift moods and general outlook.

Fossil Stone    

The process of fossilization replaces organic matter with minerals. These minerals seep   into the object, harden and become fossil stone, a copy of that object that has the chemical properties of a rock.

Freshwater Pearl     

Small pearls produced especially by freshwater mussels.

Garnet    

A semi-precious gemstone made of hard glassy red, yellow, or green minerals consisting of the silicates of calcium, iron, manganese, chromium, magnesium, and aluminium in cubic crystalline form. The benefits of garnet vary by color but commonly bring prosperity and grounding.

Honey Citrine    

(See Quartz Crystal).  Yellowish colored quartz.  Combats negative energy, brings joy, self confidence, clarity and will power.

Iolite    

Rich bluish-purple color.  Helps to restore balance, inspires creativity, and has protective qualities.

Jobs Tears    

Is a tall grain-bearing tropical plant of the family Poaceae (grass family) native to Southeast Asia but elsewhere cultivated in gardens as an annual.  Has a naturally occurring glossy white to gray outer veneer and a hole through the center.  Often used as personal adornment or in traditional rosaries.

Lily, water    

The water-lily (also known as Nymphaeaceae), are aquatic, rhizomatous herbs.  The white water lily is the national flower of Bangladesh and State flower for Andhra PradeshIndia. The Blue water-lily is the national flower of Sri Lanka. It is also the birth flower for July.  The water-lily has a special place in Western Art and Culture.  Many gardens and parks throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe have an example of beautifully cultivated water-lily floating on the surface of a pond.  The French Artist Claude Monet famously captures this water-lily image.

Lotus    

(Also known as Nelumbo nucifera, Indian lotus, or sacred lotus).  An aquatic flowering plant that is Native to Tropical Asia and QueenslandAustralia, it is commonly cultivated in water gardens. It is also the national flower of India and Vietnam.  From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions representing the virtues of sexual purity and non-attachment.  Hindus revere it with the divinities Vishnu and Lakshmi often portrayed on a pink lotus in iconography.  Goddess Sarasvati is portrayed on a white-colored lotus.  In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.  The Lotus blossom is depicted in Chakra symbology.

Magnesite          

A magnesium carbonate with a hardness and texture similar to turquoise and marble (calcium carbonate).  Typically white in color, magnesite ranges from yellow to white to grey in its natural form.  It takes dyes well; the dyed blue-green color makes it an economical simulation of turquoise.

Mala    

Mala means garland or wreath in Sanskrit.  In Hinduism, "Japa mala" are used for repetition of a mantra (japa), for other forms of sādhanā or "spiritual exercise" and as an aid to meditation. The most common malas have 108 beads (or some even division thereof).  Japa Malas fall under the category of other Prayer beads around the world by members of various religious traditions such as BuddhismChristianityIslam, and Sikhism to mark the repetitions of prayerschants or devotions, such as the rosary of Virgin Mary in Catholicism, and dhikr (remembrance of God) in Islam.

Mandala    

Mandala means circle in Sanskrit.  It is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.  The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T.  Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.  The term is of Sanskrit origin but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism.  In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.  In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

Mantra    

Means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power.  The use, structure, function, importance and types of mantras vary according to the school and philosophy of Hinduism and of Buddhism.

Natural Crystal    

A naturally formed and naturally occurring quartz crystal that has a similar clear appearance to manufactured glass.  Used as a protective stone.

Rock formed from magma erupted from a volcano. In other words, it differs from other igneous rock by being of volcanic origin. Its healing properties are grounding and calming.

Natural Lava Rock

Patina    

Is a thin layer that variously forms on the surface of copperbronze and similar metals.  Patina can either be acquired naturally during exposure to atmospheric elements (oxygenrainacid raincarbon dioxidesulfur-bearing compounds) or applied as a method of distressing using chemical compounds such as oxidescarbonatessulfides, or sulfates.

Pipal Leaf    

A leaf from the Sacred Fig tree, or Pipal, in India and Nepal.   Ficus religiosa or sacred fig is a species of fig native to NepalIndiaBangladeshMyanmarPakistanSri Lanka, south-west China and Indochina.  The Peepal Tree is considered sacred by the followers of HinduismJainism and Buddhism.  The Bodhi Tree (see above) is a large and very old Peepal tree located in Bodh Gaya, India.

Peridot     

Is gem-quality olivine.  Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow—to olive—to brownish-green. Peridot is a manifestation stone - said to bring an abundance of positive flow.

Quartz Crystal    

Is the crystal form of the mineral Quartz which is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust, after feldspar.  In its crystal form, Quartz is ideally a six-sided prism terminating with a six-sided pyramid.  The most common crystal color is clear but quartz crystals can also form as citrine (yellow), rose, purple or smoky.  Quartz is meant to bring power, energy and clarity.

Recycled Metal     

Metal scrap that has been re-heated to form new usable metal.

Red Adventurine    

Red Aventurine works on all three lower chakras and is a stone that will aid vitality and mental abilities.

Rosewood, dark      

Rosewood refers to any of a number of richly hued timbers, often brownish with darker veining but found in many different hues.

Rosewood, light    

(See Rosewood, dark).

Rudraksha    

Rudrahsha is Sanskrit for Rudra's eyes is a seed traditionally used for Prayer beads  (malas) in Hinduism.  Rudraksha is believed to provide good support for those who are constantly on the move and who eat and sleep in a variety of places. This is because it is claimed to create a cocoon of the wearer's own energy.

Sandalwood    

Is the name of a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum.  The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades.  Sandalwood paste (ground up wood) is integral to rituals and ceremonies, to mark religious utensils, and to decorate the icons of the deities. It is also distributed to devotees, who apply it to their foreheads or the necks and chests.

Smoky Quartz    

(See Quartz Crystal).

Sterling Silver    

Sterling silver is an alloy (mixed metal) of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper.  Fine silver, for example 99.9% pure silver, is generally too soft for producing functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength while preserving the ductility and appearance of the precious metal.

BorderLeaves.png

Verdegris    

(see patina) A naturally occurring green patina (green-grey in French) that forms on the surface of copper.  A patina layer takes many years to develop under natural weathering. Copper in damp coastal/marine environments will develop patina layers faster than ones in dry inland areas.

BorderLeaves.png

Wire work/wrap    

The practice of looping and wrapping wire through/around beads in order to make "chain" - or "beaded chain".

Yoga    

Yoga is a physicalmental, and spiritual practice or discipline. There are a variety of schools, practices and goals in Hinduism and Buddhism.  The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries.  Yoga masters from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core.

 
 

Copyright note: The information on this page comes from Wikipedia as well as our own resources.