Now For Sale ~ Original Art Printed on Tshirts

As part of the Urban Gypsy Shop I have created my very own line of Tshirt designs.

 4 UNIQUE DESIGNS

7 DIFFERENT COLOURS 

2 STYLES -men’s and women’s

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Canadian Buck     $32

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Geometric Lion   $32

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Octopus and Anchor   $32

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Geometric Whale  $32

All Tshirts are available in burgundy, heathered navy, heathered retro blue, heathered dark grey, heathered athletic grey, heathered green, heathered red (and I didn’t choose those colours because I liked the name…the heathered material is super soft with flecks of colour woven in)

If you are interested in purchasing a Tshirt feel free to message me at heathernhalpern@gmail.com

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AND MORE ABOUT THE URBAN GYPSY…

This past year I can say without a doubt that I have grown in so many ways. Seeing the world has always fueled my zest for life, but like most people I have to work full time in order to pursue my passion. Life at home has a tendency to become mundane and with this monotony I feel like in the past I have not taken life by the balls and lived to my full potential. After returning from an amazing trip abroad I would always come home and slowly slip into a form of depression. That is why this year I said NO MORE! I am going to use that passion that I have for travel, tap into it, and ride that wave all year long. I am going to stretch my boundaries and comfort zones and pursue things that I once was too afraid to try. I am going to unleash my creativity and see where this will take me.

This is where The Urban Gypsy began. Sharing my experiences. Writing about my passions. And using my travels as inspiration for creating art, writing and photography.

This month I was honored to participate in my second ever craft market. Along with so many talented artisans I was able to showcase my work at the Curated Market.curated

At my booth I sold my art on canvas, Tshirts with my original art screen printed on them, enlarged photography from my travels, and mala jewelry. So much of what I make is directly inspired from what I see and the people I have met on my travels. To be able to share this with the market goers was truly a remarkable experience. Putting yourself out there and having your work be judged by others is incredibly nerve wracking. Being new to the art world I have never considered myself an ‘artist’. After my first market I felt like most of my sales were from friends. Even though I appreciate their support with all my heart, in the back of my mind I felt like they only bought my work because they felt obligated. But after this past Curated Market I had so many strangers talk to me and support me; which in turn has truly has helped build some confidence in myself and my work. I realize that if we don’t push ourselves out of comfort zones then we really deprive ourselves of becoming the best versions of who we are meant to become.

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My booth at the 2016 Curated Holiday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Art on Canvas


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I know that I am the happiest when I am traveling but unfortunately I need to make the big bucks (or small bucks) and can’t do this all year round. I have tried to make changes in my life over the last year to help make my life at home become a bit more fulfilling. I found that  upon my return from trips I would soon sink into a funk, so this year I was going to grab life by the balls and sail right past ‘Funk Island’. By doing so I have tried to tap into my creative side. This is where my art comes in…

Although I have been artistic most of my life, I am relatively new to the art world. My favorite forms of art are both mixed media and pen and ink. I love how mixed media can take the best qualities from all art forms by bringing in colour, texture, and real images into one piece. And on the opposite spectrum, I enjoy the simplicity of pen and ink.

Over the last six months I have been asked to create custom pieces as well as sell some of my art at local art/craft markets. Check out my pieces that I currently have for sale and if anything interests you, drop me a line.

IMG_0927“Like a lotus flower, we have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world”  

$100

  • 12 x 24 canvas
  • Acrylic, pen, ink
  • Photo taken in Sri Lanka
  • Sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

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Dreams Are Never Too Big ~ “In dreams we enter a world that’s entirely our own”

    $80

  • 12×12 canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  • sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

owlAn Owl’s Sunrise ~ “The wisdom you seek is already within you”        

                   $80

  • 12×12  canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

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“Peace begins with putting yourself together”                            

    $60

  • 8×10 canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen


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“Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless”            

     $100

  • 12 x 24 canvas
  • Acrylic, pen/ink
  • Sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

Set of Geo Feathers                $20 each

  • 2 mini canvases 4×4  
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

Dragonflies in the Night ~ “Having flown the earth for 300 million years, dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome times of hardship. They remind us to take time to reconnect with our own strength, courage and happiness”                           $80

  • 12×12 canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

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Nature at Dawn ~ “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise”                    $80

  • 12×12  canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

The Lost Tribe of Botswana ~ “We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong”                                                                                                                  

  $60

  • 8×10  canvas
  • acrylic, original photography
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

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GeoMatrix ~ “And the chaos within me found balance”                                              

$80

  • 12×12  canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

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On the Road Again ~ “Roads were made for journeys not destinations”                       $60

  • 8×10  canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

Past pieces sold:

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The Believer

 

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The One Who Got Away

 

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Take Me to the Sea

 

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Set of 3 Commissioned Pieces

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Set of 3 Commissioned Pieces

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Mala Necklaces & Bracelets

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Having seen MALA BEADS worn in many places around the world I have been inspired to create them as well. They were first introduced over 3000 years ago in India and have roots in Hinduism and Buddhism. The term ‘MALA’ is a Sanskrit work for ‘meditation garland’, and these beads were used for a special type of meditation where a mantra would be repeated 108 times.

Although I may not use my MALA for religious meditation, I truly believe that the beads are more than just an accessory. They encourage us to pause, breathe and realign ourselves with our deepest intentions. They motivate us to invest in moments of self-care and compassion. They are our physical, spiritual forget-me-nots.

My one-of-a-kind MALA necklaces are all made with semi-precious stones from around the world and I string the beads with 100% natural silk thread. Semi-precious stones have healing qualities and for thousands of years ancient civilizations have utilized the power from the stones and their energies.

Give a MALA as a gift to a loved one or for yourself as a physical reminder to manifest and achieve your goals. Payment is quick and easy through Paypal and I can have the beads shipped to your front door. Just sent me an email and you are a click away from owning a MALA yourself. (heathernhalpern@gmail.com)

INTENTION SETTING

What are your dreams?

What are your goals?

                    Take a minute. Think about it. Get intentional.

 

Sunrise over Santorini Mala                                                                                               $70

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This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones and a raw agate pendant. Brown Agate promotes inner stability and composure. It also has protective properties and encourages security and self-confidence. Amazonite – the light blue stone, is said to inspire inner peace and freedom ~ trust yourself and know that you are limitless.

 

Sacred Sigirya Rock Mala                                                                                                 $70

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This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones and a gold plated druzy agate pendant. Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals over top a colorful mineral.  Green Aventurine helps release old patterns and habits so new growth can take place. It also brings about optimism and a zest for life. Crystal Quartz is believed to inspire strength and clarity. It also helps absorb, store and balance energy.

 

Touched by Thailand Mala                                                                                              $70

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, naturally found beads, silver plated beads and a rare Thai Buddha Amulet made by the Royal Thai Air Force. A Thai Buddha Amulet is a blessed item that is supposed to improve health, love, wealth and relationships. Each batch of amulets produced in a temple must be done so by blessed individuals. The amulets are then blessed by monks before being handed out to congregators. Basalt is also known as lava rock and is a stone of strength and courage. It allows one the opportunity for stability through changes in life. Rutilated Quartz encourages spiritual growth by connecting your soul path with your life path. It also encourages forgiveness, of both ourselves and others.

 

Sands of Namibia’s Desert Mala                                                                              $70IMG_1132

This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones, a jet black tassel and coffee jasper Guru bead. Coffee Jasper is thought to be a stone of protection and grounding.  Red Jasper is a particularly good grounding stone which can assist those who feel overwhelmed. It also promotes health, healing and recovery from illness. Blue Tiger’s Eye – the dark stone is a soothing stone that aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety. Turquoise is a protective stone said to inspire well-being and dispel negativity.

 

Gorgeous Beaches of Goa Mala                                                                                     $55

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This mala is crafted with a mix of 108 semi-precious stones, natural seeds, a mustard yellow tassel and a magnesite Guru bead. Magnesite is a relaxing and calming stone used in meditation. Mother-of-pearl is said to attract prosperity as well as protect from negative influence. It originates from the shell of an oyster or mollusk giving the pearl extra protection. Turquoise is a protective stone said to inspire well-being and dispel negativity. Bodhi Seeds signify the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Over time your Bodhi seeds will absorb your own oils from your skin and become tuned to your enlightened path.

 

Sunrise over Mirissa Beach Mala                                                                                  $70

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, silver-plated beads and a coffee jasper pendant. Coffee Jasper is thought to be a stone of protection and grounding.  Black Jasper is also a stone with a protective energy and is said to bring good luck to the bearer in a fight; whether that be mental, political, legal, etc. Tumbled Peach Agate or Botswana Agate has a gentle and nurturing energy that can boost your creativity and help initiate transformation in your life. Like all agates is helps with self-acceptance and healing. Peach Aventurine helps us become more decisive and reduces feelings of stress and anxiety. It also is said to help us overcome shyness.

 

Breathtaking Bali Mala                                                                                                      $70

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This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones, a steel grey tassel and yellow jasper Guru bead. Yellow Jasper shields us against other’s negativity. It eases chronic worries and builds self-confidence, attracting others. Red Jasper is a particularly good grounding stone which can assist those who feel overwhelmed. It also promotes health, healing and recovery from illness. Black Jasper is a stone with a protective energy. It is said to bring good luck to the bearer in a fight; whether that be mental, political, legal, etc.

 

Vibrant Colours of Kandy Mala                                                                                     $70

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, silver-plated beads and an amethyst pendant.  Amethyst is believed to provide one with stability and strength. Is relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability and helps balance mood. Purple Agate is said to heighten your intuition and like all agates helps with self-acceptance and healing.  Purple Jasper stimulates the crown chakra and eliminates contradictions.

 

Sounds of the Sea in Essaouira Mala                                                                    $70

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This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones, copper plated beads and two separate pendants. The Hamsa Hand is a Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the hand of God. It is a protective sign that brings happiness, luck, health and good fortune.  A sea shell is a reminder that no one or situation will ever be perfect. They also help us to gain clarity and insight so that we may make better choices in life.  Turquoise helps to instill inner peace while providing a grounding energy. It also aids in creative expression and is excellent for promoting self-realization and problem solving. Blue Tiger’s Eye is a soothing stone that aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety. Crystal Quartz is believed to inspire strength and clarity. It also helps absorb, store and balance energy.

 

Hawaiian Paradise Mala                                                                                                  $60

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, a vibrant teal tassel and a rose quartz Guru bead. Rose quartz is said to balance the emotions, raise self-esteem, restore confidence and open the heart to all types of love. Rhodochrosite – the pinky/grey stone is known to help with self-confidence and bring a sense of balance. It symbolizes self-love and empathy for others. Mother-of-pearl is said to attract prosperity as well as protect from negative influence. It originates from the shell of an oyster or mollusk giving the pearl extra protection.

 

Golden Stupas of Sri Lanka Mala                                                                                  $70

IMG_1129This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, a gold plated druzy pendant and a gold plated filigree leaf pendant. Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals over top a colorful mineral.  Brown Jasper is connected to the Earth and encourages ecological awareness. It brings stability, balance and is particularly grounding as a worry stone; for dissolving a sudden rush of fear, anger or panic. Mother-of-pearl is said to attract prosperity as well as protect from negative influence. It originates from the shell of an oyster or mollusk giving the pearl extra protection.

 

Enchanting Chiang Mai Mala                                                                                       $55

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This mala is crafted with a mix of natural and semi-precious stones, a vibrant turquoise tassel and a tiger’s eye Guru bead. Tiger’s Eye enhances integrity, willpower and confidence. It is a very protective stone which is especially useful during travel. Turquoise is also a protective stone said to inspire well-being and dispel negativity. Yak bone – Using bone is a reminder of impermancence. The more we embrace our time on earth the more fruitful our lives will become.

 

Sacred Waters of Varanasi Mala                                                                                     $70

IMG_1121This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones, silver-plated beads and a carnelian pendant. Carnelian Agate restores vitality and motivation, and stimulates creativity. It also is said to give courage, promote positive choices and dispel apathy.  Green Aventurine helps release old patterns and habits so new growth can take place. It also brings about optimism and a zest for life. Crazy Lace Agate brings laughter and absorbs emotional pain. It is also used to helps balance our physical, emotional and mental state so that it is easier to make decisions.

 

Sunshine in Sydney Mala                                                                                                     $60

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This mala is crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, a mustard yellow tassel and a mookaite Guru bead. Mookaite Jasper is known for healing and connection with positive energy currents of the earth. It awakens the energy of one’s own instinct. Coral – the dyed yellow beads help quiet the emotions and bring peace within. It also facilitates intuition, imagination and visualization. Yellow Aventurine inspires understanding and compassion. It also stabilizes emotions and helps overcome grief.

 

 

Sensational Santorini Mala                                                                                   $55            

img_1115 This Mala is crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, baby blue glass beads and a salmon pink tassel. Mother-of-pearl is said to attract prosperity as well as protect from negative influence. It originates from the shell of an oyster or mollusk giving the pearl extra protection. Blue Chalcedony is a calming stone that is said to sooth and foster mental and emotional stability. Silver: the element is believed to increase better speech and stimulate self-observation.

 

Beaches of Varkala Mala                                                                                                       $70

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This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones, wooden beads and a gold plated druzy agate pendant. Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals over top a colorful mineral. River stone helps you move more swiftly through changes in life. Sandalwood is a sacred wood that is believed to transform one’s desires and help maintain alertness. Turquoise helps to instill inner peace while providing a grounding energy. It also aids in creative expression and is excellent for promoting self-realization and problem solving.

 

Meditation by the Sea Mala                                                                                                     $70

IMG_1131This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, a seashell pendant and a silver plated Om pendant. Om is a sacred sound and it appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers and texts. Brown Jasper is connected to the Earth and encourages ecological awareness. It brings stability and balance and is particularly grounding as a worry stone, for dissolving a sudden rush of fear, anger or panic. Green Jasper helps soothe the spirit and decreases negative thoughts. It also balances obsessive tendencies and restores balance to the emotions.

 

 Brilliant Bangkok Mala                                                                                                  $45           img_1119

This mala is crafted with a mix of faceted glass, Swarovski Crystal beads and a leather grey tassel.

                    

   

                            
    Mala Bracelets

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This mala bracelet is crafted with semi-precious stones a silver plated Buddha head and an ebony grey tassel. Buddha literally means enlightened one and the Buddhist practice is meant to attain an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection. Fire agate provides us with the courage to take risks required to fulfill dreams. Amethyst is believed to provide one with stability and strength. Is relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability and helps balance mood.

 

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones and a silver-plated Ganesh pendant. Ganesh represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavors. Black Jasper is a stone with a protective energy. It is said to bring good luck to the bearer in a fight; whether that be mental, political, legal, etc. Turquoise is the stone of friendship and it also brings emotional balance, creativity, intuition and patience.

 

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones and silver plated beads.  Yellow Aventurine inspires understanding and compassion. It also stabilizes emotions and helps overcome grief. Turquoise is the stone of friendship; it also brings emotional balance, creativity, intuition and patience.

 

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An elephant symbolizes strength, honor, stability and patience. Crystal Quartz is believed to inspire strength and clarity. It also helps absorb, store and balance energy. Yellow Jasper shields us against other’s negativity. It eases chronic worries and builds self-confidence, attracting others. Red Jasper is a particularly good grounding stone which can assist those who feel overwhelmed. It also promotes health, healing and recovery from illness.

 

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Om – the silver-plated pendant is a sacred sound and it appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers and texts. Blue Tiger’s Eye is a soothing stone that aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety. Turquoise is the stone of friendship and it also brings emotional balance, creativity, intuition and patience. Bodhi Seeds signify the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Over time your Bodhi seeds will absorb your own oils from your skin and become tuned to your enlightened path.

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones and a bronze plated Ganesha pendant. Ganesha helps to remove obstacles and ensures success in life.  Blue Chalcedony is a calming stone that is said to sooth and foster mental and emotional stability. Green Aventurine helps release old patterns and habits so new growth can take place. Mother-of-pearl is said to attract prosperity as well as protect from negative influence. Coffee Jasper is thought to be a stone of protection and grounding.

 

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This mala bracelet is crafted with semi-precious stones, a silver plated Buddha head and a vibrant yellow tassel. Buddha literally means enlightened one and the Buddhist practice is meant to attain an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection. Howlite – the yellow stone helps to reduce anxiety and stress by calming the emotions. Lemon quartz is used as a reminder to count your blessings as well as to usher in new opportunities.

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This mala bracelet is crafted with a mix of blue and grey Swarovski glass beads, a silver plated Buddha head and an ebony grey tassel. Buddha literally means enlightened one and the Buddhist practice is meant to attain an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection.

 

 

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This mala is crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and naturally found beads. Bodhi Seeds signify the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. The seven coloured stones symbolize the body’s chakras. Each colour reflects a type of vibration or frequency that radiates through the chakra and when properly balanced each of your seven chakras work together to create an optimal and harmonious life. (Fire Agate, Carnelian Agate, Coral, Green Aventurine, Blue Chalcedony and Amethyst)

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This mala bracelet is crafted with semi-precious stones, a silver plated decorative bead, a rose wine coloured tassel and a silver plated Buddha. Buddha literally means enlightened one and the Buddhist practice is meant to attain an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection.  Rose quartz – the pink stone is said to balance the emotions, raise self-esteem, restore confidence and open the heart to all types of love. Silver – the element is believed to increase better speech and stimulate self-observation.

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This mala bracelet is crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, natural bone beads, cloisonné beads and a soft grey tassel. Yak bone – Using bone is a reminder of impermanence. The more we embrace our time on earth the more fruitful our lives will become. Red Jasper is a particularly good grounding stone which can assist those who feel overwhelmed. It also promotes health, healing and recovery from illness.

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones and a gold plated Buddha’s head. Buddha literally means enlightened one and the Buddhist practice is meant to attain an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection. Tiger’s Eye enhances integrity, willpower and confidence. It is also protective stone which is especially useful while traveling. Blue Tiger’s Eye is a soothing stone that aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety.

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones and a silver-plated Ganesh pendant. Ganesh represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavors. Brown Jasper brings stability and balance and is particularly grounding as a worry stone, for dissolving a sudden rush of fear, anger or panic. Red Jasper promotes health, healing and recovery from illness.

 

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This mala bracelet is crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, wooden beads and a gold plated Hamsa pendant. The Hamsa Hand is a Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the hand of God. It is a protective sign that brings happiness, luck, health and good fortune.  Yellow Aventurine – the mixed yellow stones inspire understanding and compassion. It also stabilizes emotions and helps overcome grief. Brown Jasper – the tiny neutral stones bring stability and balance and are particularly grounding as a worry stone. Sandalwood – a sacred wood that is believed to transform one’s desires and help maintain alertness.

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This mala bracelet is crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, textured glass beads, a silver plated Buddha head and an indigo blue tassel. Buddha literally means enlightened one and the Buddhist practice is meant to attain an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection. Blue Chalcedony is a calming stone that is said to sooth and foster mental and emotional stability.

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This mala bracelet is crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, textured glass beads and gold plated evil eye pendant. The belief in the evil eye dates back almost 3000 years to ancient Greece and Rome. It is one of the strongest symbolic images in the world that is said to provide protection against evil forces. Blue Tiger’s Eye is a soothing stone that aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety.

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, a jet black tassel and a silver-plated Buddha pendant. Buddha literally means enlightened one and the Buddhist practice is meant to attain an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection. Howlite helps to reduce anxiety and stress by calming the emotions. It also can be used slow the overactive mind and help achieve a restful sleep. Hematite is most commonly used to bring stability, grounding and protection.  Blue Tiger’s Eye is a soothing stone that aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety.

 

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This mala bracelet is crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, wooden beads and a multi-coloured tassel. Howlite – the yellow stone helps to reduce anxiety and stress by calming the emotions. It also can be used slow the overactive mind and help achieve a restful sleep. Palmwood helps you feel a greater degree of patience and is also known to help make you feel more courageous.