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Above: Antique Bodhiseed or 'Bodhicitta' beads with Pema Raka (carnelian).

In this category you will find a selection of rare Tibetan & Himalayan malas that include ancient, antique and more hard to find Himalayan beads. We also include some rare gemstone malas that are either difficult to source or are of particularly fine quality.
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Very Rare Sapphire Bead Mala
Rare Sapphire Bead Mala - Three Sizes to choose from

6 mm beads in stock! Please allow 3 weeks delivery time for 8 mm and 10 mm beads.
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A rare gemstone mala comprised of 108 genuine sapphire beads. The beads are a deep royal blue colour. The guru bead is crafted from genuine Lapis Lazuli and there are additional sapphire beads strung on the tassle. Blue Sapphire beads are particularly sought after by those who do the practice of the Medicine Buddha. The Medicine Buddha is often associated with Lapis Lazuli, however, it is now widely accepted that blue sapphire is a more accurate gemstone to be attributed to him. Indeed, he is often referred to as the King of Sapphire Light.

108 Beads plus the Lapis Lazuli guru bead.
Strung on strong braided cord with sapphire beaded tassle.
Rare Sapphire and Ruby Bead Mala - 8 mm
Rare Sapphire and Ruby Bead Mala - 8 mm
Our Price: £650.00

Only 1 available!

A rare natural gemstone mala comprised of 108 genuine sapphire and ruby beads. Both gemstones are a variety of the mineral known as Corundum, one of the hardest known gemstones with a particular high density.

The name "Corundum" is probably derived from "Kuruvindam", which is
the Tamil (Sri Lanka) word for ruby. When corundum is red it is typically called ruby and when blue, orange, green or yellow they are typically seen as sapphires. The beads on this mala display a range of colours, from royal blue to deep maroon. The guru bead is crafted from genuine Lapis Lazuli and there are additional sapphire beads strung on the tassle.

108 Sapphire & Ruby Beads plus the Lapis Lazuli guru bead.
Strung on strong braided cord with sapphire beaded tassle.

Very Rare Bone Mala with Skull head beads - Hand Carved
Very Rare Bone Mala with Skull head beads - Hand Carved
Our Price: £325.00

An impressive hand carved bone mala from Nepal. Each bead has been masterfully carved in the shape of a human skull. These malas are only made for us by special commission and so they are not available elsewhere. They are without doubt the best bone malas available!

Hand carved in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Material: water buffalo bone
Condition: Excellent
bead size approx 14 mm x 9 mm

Each bead is Individually carved and so please expect slight variations in size.
Rare Maw Sit Sit, Emerald & Jadeite Mala
Rare Maw Sit Sit, Emerald & Jadeite Mala - 8 mm
Our Price: £350.00

In stock!

An incredible mala made from one of the rarest green gemstones on the planet. Maw Sit Sit has only been found in one location in the world and that is Tawmaw, Burma. It is famous for its deep lush greens with black streaks or spots and is often compared with Jade because both stones are mined in the same location. This mala has been strung with a genuine Burmese Jadeite guru bead and Jadeite tassle and includes rare faceted green emerald dividers. This would be a wonderful mala for someone who has a deity practice connected with Buddha Amoghasiddhi, Green Tara and other deities within this Dhyani Buddha family. Beautiful!

8 mm bead size.
Origin: Tawmaw, Burma
108 Maw Sit Sit beads
3 x natural faceted emerald dividers
Untreated Natural Jadeite guru bead and Jadeite tassle.

Due to the nature of Maw Sit Sit, please expect slight variation in colour tone between each bead. The emerald dividers may also vary in colour depending on what is currently available.
Rare Maw Sit Sit & Emerald Mala - 10 mm
Rare Maw Sit Sit, Emerald & Jadeite Mala - 10 mm
Our Price: £395.00

In stock!

An incredible mala made from one of the rarest green gemstones on the planet. Maw Sit Sit has only been found in one location in the world and that is Tawmaw, Burma. It is famous for its deep lush greens with black streaks or spots and is often compared with Jade because both stones are mined in the same location. This mala has also been strung with a Jadeite guru bead and Jadeite tassle and includes rare faceted green emerald dividers. This would be a wonderful mala for someone who has a deity practice connected with Buddha Amoghasiddhi, Green Tara and other deities within this Dhyani Buddha family. Beautiful!

10 mm bead size
Maw Sit Sit Origin: Tawmaw, Burma
108 Maw Sit Sit beads
3 x Natural faceted Emerald dividers
Natural Jadeite guru bead and Jadeite tassle

Due to the nature of Maw Sit Sit, please expect natural variations in colour tone between beads. Colour of emerald may also vary between malas depending on what is currently available.
Rare Ruby Bead Mala
Rare Ruby Mala with Round Beads - 8 mm
Our Price: £550.00

In stock!

A genuine gemstone ruby mala with extremely difficult to source round beads. This mala is comprised of 108 ruby beads and a large faceted ruby guru bead and a ruby beaded tassle. Ruby is often associated with the practice of Vajra Yogini or deities connected with the lotus family such as Amitabha Buddha. Among all the known gemstones, only diamonds and Moissanite are harder.

108 ruby beads plus the ruby guru bead and ruby beaded tassle.
ruby bead size 8 mm
Material: Natural Ruby
Origin: Burma
Rare Ruby & Lapis Mala  - 8 mm
Rare Ruby & Lapis Mala - 8 mm
Our Price: £395.00

In stock!

This lovely mala is comprised of 108 genuine faceted ruby beads and lapis lazuli dividers. It is finished with a large lapis lazuli guru bead and a ruby beaded tassle. Ruby is often associated with the practice of Vajra Yogini or deities connected with the lotus family such as Amitabha Buddha.

108 ruby beads plus the guru bead and ruby beaded tassle.
ruby bead size 8 mm
Ruby origin: Burma
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala with Faceted Crystal - 6 mm
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala with Faceted Crystal - 6 mm

Available by special order. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery.

This beautiful mala is comprised of 108 genuine ruby beads, plus three faceted quartz crystal dividers, a quartz crystal guru bead and quartz crystal beaded tassle. Ruby is often associated with the practice of Vajra Yogini or Buddhas and Yidams of the lotus family, such as Amitabha Buddha. This is the smallest natural ruby mala in our inventory.

All natural gemstone beads
ruby bead size 6 mm
Origin: Burma
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala - 7 mm
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala with Rose Quartz & Amethyst - 8 mm
Our Price: £395.00

Available by special order only. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

A genuine round faceted ruby mala with amethyst dividers. This mala is comprised of 108 genuine ruby beads and a large rose quartz guru bead. The beaded tassle is comprised of red garnet. Ruby is often associated with the practice of Vajra Yogini.

ruby bead size approx 8 mm
Origin: Burma
Rare Faceted Ruby Bead Mala
Rare Faceted Ruby Mala with Carnelian & Amethyst - 7 mm
Our Price: £395.00

Available by special order only. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

A genuine round faceted ruby mala with amethyst dividers. This mala is comprised of 108 genuine ruby beads and a large fine quality carnelian guru bead. Ruby is often associated with the practices of red coloured deities such as Vajra Yogini or Amitabha Buddha. Each mala is hand strung and finished with a braided Tibetan style knot and carnelian beaded tassle.

ruby bead size 7 mm
Origin: Burma
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 8 mm
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 8 mm
Our Price: £255.00

In stock!

A rare mala comprised of 108 green jadeite beads and three natural gemstone ruby dividers. These genuine jadeite beads are not to be confused with cheaper 'new jade' or serpentine alternatives that are offered in the marketplace. A gorgeous mala!

108 Jadeite Beads, 3 Ruby Dividers, Jadeite Guru Bead and Jadeite Beaded Tassle.
Comes complete with broacde mala bag.
bead size 8 mm
Origin: Burma

Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 7 mm
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 7 mm
Our Price: £225.00

Available by special order only. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

Our smallest green jadeite mala. Comprised of 108 medium green jadeite beads and three genuine ruby dividers. These genuine jadeite beads are not to be confused with cheaper 'new jade' or serpentine alternatives seen in the marketplace.

108 Jadeite Beads, 3 Ruby Dividers, Jadeite Guru Bead and Jadeite Beaded Tassle.
Comes complete with broacde mala bag.
bead size 7 mm
Origin: Burma
Colour: Medium Green

Crafted from natural gemstones and so each mala will have its own unique character. Please expect slight variation in colour between malas. Beads are matched as perfectly as possible.
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite Mala
Rare Quality Burmese Jadeite & Ruby Mala - 10 mm
Our Price: £275.00

In stock!

A rare mala comprised of 108 genuine jadeite beads and three faceted ruby dividers. These beads are not to be confused with cheaper 'new jade' or serpentine alternatives seen in the marketplace.

Comes complete with broacde mala bag.
bead size 10 mm
Origin: Burma
Colour: Mid Green

Crafted from natural gemstones and so each mala is unique. Please expect slight variation in colour between malas (as shown in photos).
Natural White Jadeite Mala
Rare Natural White Jadeite Mala with Green Jadeite Dividers - 10 mm
Our Price: £250.00

A rare mala comprised of genuine natural white jadeite with a very slight green hue when held in different lights. Including three natural dark green jadeite dividers and a natural green jadeite guru bead. These beads have not been colour enhanced or dyed in any way. The Chinese have prized white jade for thousands of years, where it is known as the 'stone of Heaven' or the 'Royal Gemstone'.

Natural untreated jadeite.
bead size approx 10 mm
Origin: Burma

beads may appear more green or white depending on the calibration of your monitor.
Old Imitation Coral Mala with Jadeite Dividers - 8 mm
Old Imitation Coral Mala with Jadeite Dividers - 8 mm
Our Price: £180.00

A delightful mala with antique faux coral glass beads that probably date to the early to mid 20th C. The beads have been recently re-strung with three antique Chinese jadeite dividers and an antique jadeite, lapis lazuli and glass coral guru bead. There is also a silver Bhum counter with a flaming norbu design included.

108 Glass Coral beads + three jadeite dividers (12 mm) and three part guru bead.
bead size approx 8 mm diameter
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala from Bhutan - 9 to 10 mm Diameter
Rare Human Skull Bone Mala from Bhutan - 9 to 10 mm Diameter

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A very rare tantric mala (Thöpa Trengwa) comprised of genuine human skull beads. The mala includes 108 hand crafted disc shaped beads and a two part guru bead. They are not to be confused with the water buffalo bone malas masqerading as human bone! Guaranteed to be authentic!!

Each bead has been hand cut from several different skulls and so please expect slight variation in size between each bead. In times gone by, human skull malas were crafted from 108 different skulls from 108 different charnel grounds, however, in modern times this tradition is almost unheard of and difficult to achieve. These beads are crafted by an artisan who makes ritual bone ornaments for Lama costumes and also ritual practice supports such as skull cup vessels and kanglings. The maker can only craft beads when the skulls have been offered for this use and so very few are made.

Origin of skull beads: Bhutan
diameter approx 9 to 10 mm
width 4 mm to 8 mm