What are Mala Beads?

Sacred Buddhist mala beads have been used for centuries by many spiritual traditions as a tool to help to calm the mind, center oneself and connect to the best that is within us. The word “Mala” means necklace or garland of flowers in Sanskrit, and refers to a strand or beads used for prayer. Modern beads are now used to repeat affirmations, or just to wear, healing art from the earth!

Who are We?

Sakura Designs is an artisan company of inspired, mala bead makers, who practice mantra, meditation and yoga. We are based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA. We have over 500 different Buddhist Malas, Mala Necklaces, Tibetan Malas and Yoga Prayer Beads, as well as imported and hand made mala bracelets, crafted from a rainbow of natural gemstones.

Design your Own!

We also offer creative custom designs if you have a special creation in mind and mala repairs when your beads breaks. Our mala prayer beads are crafted with love, using select, natural healing gemstones and quality mala woods, bodhi malas and rudraksha beads, and even genuine Swarovski Crystal. Get Creative, design one and we’ll bring your inspired idea to life!

Our promise !

We have an A+ Rating from the BBB, and have been crafting bead designs since 2005, making us the largest and longest standing mala company in the USA. Complimentary mala bags are offered, with purchase of one of our full mala necklaces, as well as a 30 day craftsmanship guarantee. Warmest thanks to all for your many years of support, and welcome new friends!

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And, Another 10 Reasons…

1. We make genuine malas here in Boulder with care, crafted by Meditation Practitioners. You can get many small, faux stone malas for just a few dollars from China- like these for $16 but they aren’t real 8mm Gemstones, well crafted like ours are, even if the photos look enticing. Sakura Designs, a reputed member of the Better Business Bureau, crafts malas that are well designed and durably strung. We create malas as photographed, perfect for Mantra Practice. Made in the USA, unless otherwise noted.

2.We quickly ship your items via US Airmail. We use ‘green’ packing material and large portion of our electricity also supports wind power. A portion of monthly proceeds is offered to our related Dharma Communities.

3.We use the very best nylon mala cord for most semiprecious stone mala designs with tassels, knotted malas use 25lb nylon bead-line or knotting cord.

4.We properly finish each mala with a three holed “guru” bead and  natural cotton tassel or knot. Many designs use silver “spacers” to enhance the marker if you like.

5.We use only natural materials, real, semiprecious stones, silver and pewter, seeds, woods and real ambers. Some stones have been ever-so slightly enhanced/ heat treated, dyed or stabilized (coral, some lapis, some rose quartz, some jade, some amazonite) as noted, but most are not. Each strand was hand selected by our designer, and every bead is checked.*

6.We buy directly from the stone cutters, and remove the “middleman” to save costs. Stone quality is appraised at AB to B+. These are very good quality stones and reasonably priced, the “middle way.”

7.We buy beads from expert craftspeople who carefully “calibrate”(measure) the beads for better regularity. Sakura Designs prefers not to make your mala with commonly available, inexpensive imported beads that are irregular, and have flaws.* We are very selective about materials offered in making your special mala. Most of the beads that we choose are measured when they are made, a process called “calibration,” to ensure roundness and regularity.

8.Each full mala is offered a complimentary silky mala pouch, and well packaged, with a free mantra manual. We also offer Gift Boxes.

9.We guarantee our work, all malas have a 30 day craftsmanship guarantee. If your mala, (either cord or material)  breaks by normal use within 30 days of purchase date, we’ll restring it with the same design, free of labor charge (+s/h). Just send it right back to us! We do also offer redesigning- (see below).

10.We have been professionally creating malas for over 20 years, and selling them online since 1997, and our quality and value cannot be reproduced. We have an ongoing rapport with customers, who recognize our craftsmanship, care and personal attention to detail. When it is time to have your mala redesigned, one of our designers will be right there to help!  Sincerest thanks to all for your continued appreciation-the staff at Sakura Designs