Metaphysical Descriptions of Mala Beads

This time we want to offer some information about the different types of beads used to make the wholesale malas we sell.  For many centuries, minerals, crystals and gemstones have been used by civilizations in spiritual rituals and for their energetic healing properties. Each is believed to carry it’s own individual quality or “personality.” While different traditions ascribe different traits to them, they are, almost always, held as sacred and used to strengthen particular energies inside the person wearing them.

For a (mala) rosary, the best substances are jewels. Seeds are second best. Then clay, stones, bone, and wood.

African Jade activates the heart chakra to calm anxiety and high emotions as well as strengthens capacity to share love.

Agate is known for its grounding, centering and balancing properties and it improves mental concentration and perception.

Amazonite is said to balance feminine and masculine energy, promote the inclination to kindness, to aid in clear communication, balance emotions, and increase physical stamina.

Amethyst is considered sacred to Buddha, possibly due to its ability to activate and balance the 6th chakra (third eye).

Apatite is said to enhance creativity, acceptance, balance, healing, and to help us to see the truth about ourselves.

Aquamarine is known for its ability to clear the mind, aid creativity and to balance the emotions.

Aventurine is said to be the stone of luck, and to increase perception and creative insight.

The Bodhi Seed signifies the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. While especially revered by Buddhists, a bodhi seed mala is considered auspicious to use for all practices, and represents spiritual promise, dedication and faith.

Bone is a traditional material used in malas in both Nepal and Tibet.

Brass promotes healing, attracts prosperity, and provides protection against negative energy. This powerful metal promotes friendship, love and inner goodness.

Carnelian is said to open the second (sexual) chakra to promote passion, creativity, motivation, self-confidence and self-esteem. It also is believed to help heal physical wounds, cure blood disorders, treat sexual disorders, and to stop bleeding.

Citrine is both physically and mentally energizing, stimulating openness and accelerating the awakening of the mind. Citrine symbolizes light-heartedness, joy, happiness, wisdom and peace, and is said to enhance creativity.

Coral is an aid to meditation and it brings happiness. It can ease depression and protects against curses and nightmares. Coral brings courage and can help one avoid violence.

Crystal Quartz is know as a stone of harmony, and is referred to as a “Master Healer” stone. It is also said to clarify thought processes and emotions, which can increase inspiration and creativity. It can also help particularly with concentration, studying, and memory retention.

Ebony is a dark durable wood that has strong protective qualities, especially for the home and one’s love life. Traditionally used for sacred objects, Ebony has long been the favorite wood among the royalty in India.

Fluorite is purported to help the evolution of harmonious, peaceful and organized spiritual growth.

Garnet lends vitality and strength, aids in raising and directing the flow of kundalini energy and increases sensuality.

Gold brings wealth, success and good health. It increases confidence and will power.

Green Garnet is considered a powerful healing gemstone for the heart chakra, and is able to remove toxins, negativity and traumas.

Hematite is said to protect the vital energy of the body.

Howlite opens and prepares the mind to receive the energies and wisdom of attunements. Howlite is a lovely stone to use when needing to reduce anxiety, tensions and stress. Howlite can be used to facilitate awareness, encourage emotional expression and assist in the elimination of pain, stress and/or rage.

Jade helps one cherish ones desires and to build ones dreams in this physical reality, inspiring one to accomplishment. Yellow Jade cultivates inner peace, joy and happiness, and helps one to realize the interconnectedness of all Life. Yellow Jade is also known to improve assimilation, digestion, understanding and empathy. White Jade and Green Jade carry the properties of turning dreams into reality and inspiring one to accomplishment.

Jasper is thought to bring one what they need, aid in attaining a sound sleep, increase the ability to feel joy and carries a protective power. It is a stabilizing and balancing stone.

Kunzite is said to release stress, anger and fear, smooth out knotted muscles, and calm nerves.

Kyanite is a powerful stone to align all of the 7 chakras, and it also has a strong effect on the third eye to facilitate deep states of meditation and visualization. Kyanite is also known to promote communication, honesty, tranquility and dream recall.

Labradorite creates mental and physical balance while helping to purge negative thought patterns. It is also said to detoxify the body and is believed to elevate consciousness and promote meditation.

Lava Stone is solidified fiery volcanic rock that embodies strength and fertility, and helps to dissipate anger.

Lapis lazuli is an ancient spiritual stone reputed to bring about harmony in relationships and to cleanse the mental body while releasing old karmic patterns.

Lepidolite is sometimes referred to as the Peace Stone, as it’s know for protecting from negativity and outside influences, relieving stress, and attracting good luck!

Lotus Seed symbolizes spiritual growth and the ability to rise above obstacles on the path to spiritual enlightenment. Lotus seed also promotes spiritual and material prosperity.

Magnesite is known to cultivate resilience and patience as well as helping to improve creative visualization and imagination.

Mawsitsit is one of the rarest green gemstones on the planet. It’s only found in one location in the world. It is famous for its deep lush greens with black streaks or spots and is often compared with Jadeite because both stones are mined in the same location.

Moonstone is thought to bring good luck and the ability to grant wishes. Considered sacred in India, this stone is known for its ability to soothe and balance the emotions and for healing all female health problems.

Mother of Pearl has been prescribed for thousands of years to treat heart palpitations, dizziness and high blood pressure.

Obsidian is very often used for gaining clear insight into problems and is considered a stable stone, bringing stability to its owner.

Onyx is purported to help eliminate apathy, stress and negative thinking. It is used to change habits, in addition to helping concentration levels and aiding absent-mindedness.

Palmwood is said to symbolize evolution and growth.

Pearls symbolize purity, love and happiness and are said to attune all 7 chakras and bring a soft, healing energy during meditation. They represent grace, purity, truth, happiness, compassion, and integrity. Pearls promote healing power, soothing the nervous system and promoting self-esteem and emotional balance. Pearls can be Pink, White or Black.

Pyrite is a powerful protection stone which shields and protects against all forms of negativity.  Commonly called “fool’s gold,” this prosperity stone allows one to see behind false facades and enhances intellect and memory.

Quartz is said to be the universal healing stone, reputed to promote hope, happiness and optimism.

Rosewood (Red Sandalwood) is used to call upon Lord Ganesh “the remover of obstacles” and the Divine Mother.  Rosewood is warming, improves circulation and protects one from negative energy.

Rubies are a symbol of devotion and love and are considered to stimulate sexual passion and creation. Rubies are extremely powerful for healing chakras and to promote health, wealth and wisdom.

Rudrakshas are known to promote inner peace, knowledge, power and enlightenment and represent the meditative powers of Shiva to focus the mind and remove the demons of desire, lust and attachment.

The fragrance of the Sandalwood is said to be one of the most pleasing to the Gods and is considered cooling, calming and soothing. Sandalwood also promotes humility and focuses the mind to aid in meditation.

Silver is soothing, cleansing and is is also purported to attract, enhance and store the energies of gemstones.

Sodalite stimulates the pituitary gland, which opens up your spiritual perception.

Tigers Eye is said to help focus the mind, bringing protection, good fortune/luck, and insight

Tourmaline is known to have strong protective and healing powers. Green Tourmaline inspires creativity and attracts success and prosperity. Black Tourmaline is a grounding stone helps to balance the body and mind to cultivate physical healing and good health.

Turquoise is said to open all chakras, promoting the sense of unity of the self and oneness with all that surrounds us.

Veriscite is said to be beneficial in finding solutions to problems, and to be an aid to generating feelings of inner peace, love and compassion.


Stock Up On Meditation Cushions!

If you’re looking for meditation cushions to sell in your store, or for your meditation center, we can help!  Our meditation cushion covers are made with a durable 12oz. (100% cotton) canvas, in your choice of 35 different colors, with a minimum order of only 10 pieces total, 5 per color!  The Zafu’s & Zabuton’s we sell are available as either a shell (to be stuffed), or zippered cover (to fit over an existing cushion).  Zafu’s can be ordered in traditional style (with pleats), in “Pillbox” style (without pleats), or in “Half Moon Crescent” shape.  And our gomden style meditation cushion covers are available in full size (13″ x 18″ x 6″ high), or half size (13″x 18″ x 3″)  All the Zafu’s and Gomden’s we sell can be ordered in a single color or two-tone pattern (as shown below).

These are perfect for re-covering old, worn out cushions that you already have at your meditation center.  If you have a store and you want to cut down on costs, you can order the covers from us and then fill them yourself to save on the cost of shipping the batting/filler material.

Most zafu and zabuton cushions are filled with cotton or kapok batting, which can be purchased at local craft or fabric supply stores.  Zafu meditation cushions are also sometimes filled with buckwheat hulls, which can easily be inserted to fill your cushions.  Zabutons can also be made (filled) with felt pads instead of cotton or kapok batting.  We recomend using two inches of felt padding to make sure it’s thick enough to provide a soft base to protect people’s knees and ankles when they sit on them.  Gomden style meditation cushions are usually filled with rebonded foam, and often have a thin pad of soft foam on the top to provide a soft surface area with an excellent, firm base.  Rebonded foam is quite heavy, however.  Recently we’ve also seen good quality industrial strength (firm and durable) hard “foam” available, which provides a lighter (weight) alternative for filling your gomden style cushions.

If you’re not yet signed up for a wholesale account with us, click on the link to our website at, and fill out a few details so we can get you set up and ready to go!

Get Your Brand On



The market trend dubbed retailpocalypse is transpiring at an alarming rate as we head in to May 2018, and the retail casualties are piling up.  Meahwhile, interest in meditation and yoga is still growing rapidly.  The inspiring, stylish design details that adorn the places where people go to chill out—like meditation and yoga studios, are  adorning living rooms, and are as poplular as ever in fashion. According to Wikipedia, the main factor cited in the closing of retail stores in the retail apocalypse is the shift in consumer habits towards online commerce. While the retail trend shifts from brick-and-mortar shops to online sales, not all types of shops are closing.  While Toy’s R Us just closed all 735 of its U.S. stores, Build-A-Bear Workshop remained as the only major toy retailer surviving the retail apocalypse.  Could it be that shops that offer more tailored, customized products are in a better positon to thrive?  We believe that this is a time for differentiation and standing out in the market if there ever was one.  Are you taking steps to set yourself apart?

At Great Eastern Imports, we’re here to help with a solution:  Custom products that we can deliver to you with low MOQ’s, and quick turn-around times.

For malas, wrist malas, shamballa bracelets and wrap bracelets

Perhaps your customers prefer a certain color scheme or combination of stone, wood, or seed beads.  With our large variety of (over 180) bead types and versatility in mixing & matching them, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for here!  With our low minimum quantity order requirements (2 pieces per bead type & 10 pieces total), you can get a variety of different bead types in each of these products, to help you hone in to find out which ones sell best with your customers.  We’re also completely capable of handling larger orders, so even if you’re a large established brand, we can produce the quantities you need in a short time frame.  Our normal turn-around times for orders of up to 500 pieces is 10-14 days.

For our textile products:

We have a wide variety of (over 35) colors available in the cotton canvas material we use to make our meditation cushion covers.  We can also make custom designed tote bags and rakusus cases, or you can choose from our selection of popular designs.  Did you know that we can do custom tags (with your logo) and/or embroidery on all the meditation cushion covers, tote bags, mala bags and rakusu cases we sell?

For jewelry type items;

If you don’t see what you’re looking for in our catalog, and you’d like to make something special, we can create custom rings, earrings, pendants, amulets, or cuff links for your design!  All you have to do is send us your artwork or graphic files, and we’ll create a new mold, model and master (prototype) for your piece, which we can use to produce them whenever you want to (re)order.  The set-up charges for making them is fairly minimal, so you don’t have to worry about spending a fortune to test out your designs.  And, the minimum quantity order for the production of your pieces is also reasonable.  For rings, we require a minimum of 5 pieces per size, and for earrings, pendants, etc., you can order with a minimum of just 10 pieces total per design.  We can make them for you in all the different metal types available, and they can also be finished with plating, oxidation, or enamel.

So you have your own brand?

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Want to put a tag with your logo on your products?  We do custom tags!  After you’re set up as a wholesale customer with us, send us your AI graphics and we’ll give you a quote on getting your own personalized logo tags made, which we’ll apply to the products we make for you on all sucessive orders.  For textile products, we make tags that can be sewn on to the sides of the meditation cushions you order, on inside the bags.  For jewelry type items, we can make brass, pewter, silver, or gold logo tags that can be applied on the the malas, wrist malas, wrap bracelets, or shamballa bracelets you order from us.

Great Eastern Imports has been serving yoga and meditation stores and centers for 14 years.  We sell only high quality, authentic products, and we understand the meaning of these products as practitioners ourselves.

When you’re ready to check out all we have to offer and place an order, go to our website and get your custom products!


Mala Fashion Trending in 2017

The huge surge in the popularity of yoga and meditation over the past few years seems to have increased the popularity of malas in general, so much that the mala tassel has even taken on a life of its own!  Tassels are all the rage… on malas, wrist malas, and even just by themselves!  Tassels on earrings, tassels on necklace chains, tassels on tassels on tassels.  Ha ha.  No joke  We’ve seen multi-tassel necklaces just on a chain.  There’s just a huge resurgence in demand for tassels on everything in jewelry lately.  Maybe it’s connected to the “dream catcher” motif.  Tassels; they’re like a feather for jewelry!


Matte Amazonite wrist mala with Gold Sandstone & etched brass accents

Remember that post we wrote back in January 2013, “Brass is Back“?  Yeah, well it’s truer now than ever… told ya so!  Now we’re seeing a huge popularity with the mixing of metal beads in with stone, wood, and seed beads. We’re getting lots of requests for malas with silver plated pewter accent beads, brass accent beads, and gold-plated brass.

Another trend is matte beads.  Everything matte is popular right now. Matte Crystal, matte onyx, matte sardonyx agate, and matte fire agate are the most common.  Lava rock qualifies in the matte category, and it’s still very popular!  Faceted beads are still popular as well, but that contrast is where it’s at.


Matte Green Fire Agate with Matte Crystal Quartz & silver plated pewter accents

Then there’s Druzzy Agate;  You’re own personal jewelry Geode.  We put up a line of druzzy agate beads on our malas & wrist malas page a few months ago, and those are also increasing in popularity. Druzzy agate is like a matte and faceted bead all rolled up in one with their crystal geode inclusions!  Those geodes are also becoming a focal point of necklace pendants, and bracelets as well.  It’s a new addition to the wrist game bling, matte vs. shiny match.


Peacock Druzzy Agate wrist mala with faceted opalized glass & hematite

The King of Bling; pavé set beads with CZ’s or gemstones in them is really mainstream.  Thank goodness people are opting out of the clay “shamballa” beads that have crystals glued onto them.  Those are really tacky, and the crystals fall off easily.  The wide-spread production of metal (brass or pewter) beads with micro pavé set stones on them has driven the prices down to where it’s now more common to see these than the clay & glue version that were all over the place a few years ago.


Golden Hematite with gold plated pavé CZ’s bead

Last but not least, is wood and seed beads.  Rudraksha seed beads became the rage after that Julia Roberts movie, Eat, Pray, Love a few years ago.  When it came to malas, basically it was Rosewood, Sandalwood, Bodhi Seed, Lotus Seed and Rudraksha, and that was it.  Now people are looking for other options.  We’re seeing a huge surge in popularity in many other types of wood beads including Ebony wood, Palm wood, Bayong wood, Robles wood and Coconut Shell beads.  Now we’re also looking at a few new types of wood beads, including Jackfruit wood, White wood, and a light pink colored Philippine Rosewood!


Phillipine Rosewood mala with Cherry Quartz

We sell (wholesale) custom design malas, wrist malas, yoga & spritual jewelry. If you’re looking for a manufacturer to help you with production for your beaded jewelry designs, we can help! We use geunine, hand selected, high quality beads on all our products! We have 12 years experience in the industry… Click on this link to sign up for an account, and start working with an experienced wholesale supplier who delivers the quality you expect!

Come Visit Our New Website!

New GEI Website

Come by, take a look, and get registered to order online!

We’re very exited to have finally launched our new website, just in time for holiday ordering.   Come by, take a look, and get registered (wholesale customers only) to order online!  Our new website makes shopping for products with us a whole lot easier, and we have a huge selection of products, all ready to be custom made for your order.  Looking for wholesale mala beads?  We have over 130 different bead types for wrist malas, and over 100 bead types for our full length malas, all of which can be custom made to fit your target audiences preferences!  We also have a huge selection of meditation supplies, shrine and altar supplies, sacred symbols dharma and yoga jewelry, and other related goods and accessories.  We have the products you need, and the quality you expect.

Wholesale Custom Designed Malas, Wrist Malas and Shambhala Bracelets

Looking for custom designed malas, wrist malas, or shamballa bracelets, for your store?  You’ve come to the right place!  We hand make all our own malas, and we can customize them for you! If your store is small, we can accommodate you. Our minimum quantity requirement is only 10 pieces total!  If you’re a larger store dealing in big quantities, we can accommodate you too!  We can produce in large quantities, but we’re not a sweat-shop!  We’re practitioners ourselves, and we pay our employees fair wages.  We employ people who are happy to be earning money making these beautiful pieces for you!  Our expert gemstone buyer has over 10 years experience sourcing the beads we use!  That means you’re going to get great quality products from us every time.  Since we are practitioners ourselves, we understand the intended traditional uses of these products, and also the appeal to larger audiences.   Thus, we pride ourselves on supplying genuine and high quality products, straight from the source, made by people who know what the practices are about, and also know what’s popular (what’s going to sell)!  We have a huge selection of bead types to choose from, and other bead types are also available by
request.   Take a look at the sample pictures and prices on our website, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Brass is Back!

Brass is back… believe it or not!  Gold and silver will always have their place among the greats when it comes to materials for making  jewelry, but coming up strong in 3rd place as a contender, is Brass!  We’ve seen a surge in sales, and in the publicity of brass jewelry recently.  I guess it’s the look of  “simplicity” that’s popular these days, echoed in the world of jewelry/fashion as simple elegance; probably in part due to the prominence of Eastern religion (and it’s symbols) due to the popularity of yoga and meditation in the West.

Take a look at some of our (wholesale) sacred symbols brass jewelry, which are available in yellow or white color brass, and can be custom ordered in silver or gold plated.  Details and prices for ordering are on our website at  Email or call if you have questions!

Sacred Symbols Brass Jewelry

In case the dull hue of brass isn’t your style, check out what they look like gold plated!  The price is right!  Here’s a few of our favorites …

Free Shipping on all malas until June 9th, 2011!

We’ve  just updated our website with all the most recent, “latest & greatest” mala pictures.  Even in the world of dharma practice materials, the styles keep changing 🙂  Many people prefer not to have a thread tassel on their wrist malas, but either “tassel strings” with knots tied at the ends, tassel strings with beads on the ends, or a guru bead that doesn’t have a T hole.  Our full length mala pictures were also just updated, so you can see our ever improving (or ever changing anyway 😉 selection of beads and the designs we’ve come up with.  We’ve got some interesting new designs and bead types in “The Grab Bag”, including quite a few Jade (genuine Jadeite) wrist malas… all for sale without minimum quantity requirements.  Take a look at our new pictures, and tell us what youlike!   We’re offering free shipping on all malas (full length and wrist malas) until June 9th, so you can stock up!

Wrist Mala with tassel strings

Labradorite wrist mala with tassel strings

wrist mala with tassel beads

Amethyst wrist mala with tassel beads

wrist mala with no tassel

Rainbow Quartz wrist mala without a tassel

Snake Knot Tassel Strings

Full length mala with a snake knot and long tassel strings

New malas in “The Grab Bag”

Genuine (Baltic) Amber Full Length Mala

We’ve got a few new gemstone malas in “the grab bag”, available with no minimum quantity order.  Take a look at our new, amazing amber full length mala, peridot full length mala, and our ruby wrist malas!

Peridot Mala with Amazonite marker beads

Faceted Ruby in Zoisite Wrist Mala

Star Ruby Wrist Mala

Take a look at the current selection of malas in “the mala grab bag“.  Everything in there is available for immediate purchase  (at the wholesale price) with no minimum quantity order required!

Our entire selection of stone, bone, wood and seed bead malas are listed at…

Oryoki Sets on Promotion

The Black/Red Lacquer Jihatsu 5-Bowls Sets are now available with no minimum quantity order, while supplies last!!!

The Mango Wood Jihatsu 4-Bowl Black/Black Sets are now available with a minimum quantity of only 5 sets, while supplies last!!!

The minimum quantity order for the plastic (melamine) 4-bowls Jihatsu sets (below) has now been reduced to only 5 sets!!!

Plastic Jihatsu 4-Bowl Set

We have recently removed all the pricing information from our website to give priority to the retail shops and Zen centers that sell our products. If you are a retailer, or interested in wholesale orders, contact us by phone or email for all the product prices and order details.

In Gassho,


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