Our line of natural materials includes Sandalwood beads, traditionally used for clarity, Lotus seeds, which represent transformation, and the unique and versatile Reetha seeds, which are said to ward off evil spirits.
With their soothing aroma, sandalwood beads are traditionally used in malas for meditation and are believed to bring clear perception to the wearer. The sandalwoods we use at JB are authentic and have been blessed for us by Lama at Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. In our collection, these sacred beads are further enhanced by the compliment of semi-precious gemstones, each with its own intrinsic metaphysical properties. With proper care, the fragrance and beauty of our sandalwoods will last forever.
The Lotus flower has long been a symbol of purity. Though rooted in muddy water, it rises above the mire to blossom, unstained and fragrant. Regardless of our origins and circumstances, past or present, we too have the ability to bloom into our fullest potential. Emerging with such beauty requires faith in ourselves and a belief that anything is possible. Lovely on their own, our Lotus Seed bracelets can also be enhanced by our gemstones, each with their own intrinsic metaphysical properties. They combine beautifully with our sandalwood bracelets and cuffs to create a personal and meaningful arm stack.
Reetha seeds are JB’s newest addition to the Zen collection. On a recent visit to Nepal, Judith fell in love with these striking, satiny-smooth black seeds. Commonly worn by shamans in India and Nepal, Reetha beads, also known as soap nuts, are often associated with healing. The outer layer of the soap nut is used to make shampoos and soaps while the seed is associated with spiritual strength and purification. Reetha seeds are often strung and worn to ward off evil spirits. At JB, we have strung and knotted them with different colored threads. Red is the traditional color but all of the colors look great!