by Cristina

Mala Bead Bracelets | Empress Mala Designs

July 6, 2019

Guys! I’m so excited to share with you that I’ve created a new jewelry line! I’ve created a jewelry collection called Empress Mala Designs. I have my own online store at empressmaladesigns.com, and I have my Mala Bead Bracelets on etsy at Empress Malas.

Why Did I Create A Jewelry Line?

Back when I was in my very early twenties I really wanted to take a jewelry making course. It wasn’t in the cards for me at the time and was heavily discouraged by my parents. Probably wise, since it was really expensive and not practical to their minds.

I had gone to fine arts school and once I was finished I was floundering a bit on how to take a creative outlet, and turn it into a career. When I got my Fine Arts Certificate I just wasn’t sure about going further and getting my Bachelor Of Fine Arts. Creating things all day long was easy but I just couldn’t imagine how a career in fine art would look for me. I had won lots of awards in my teens and got to go to Emily Carr on a teen scholarship (most amazing experince of my teens). That intense self expression I felt as a teen kind of dwindled in my late twenties.

The idea of relying on my creativitiy was too scary, especially being amongst so many much more talented and creative artists at school. I admire so much the careers that my art school friends have built for themselves and they are all so successful.

By the time I had finished part of my post secondary Art education, I had plenty of skill and knowledge but no focus and no voice. Because I couldn’t really see a path forward, I chose to not pursue my bachelors in fine arts. Instead I followed a different more practical employment which always just felt like a job. I did really love parts of it but it was never my career.

This constant urge to create is part of the reason I created this blog and take such pleasure in maintaining it. This space means so much to me and I really love this community. It satisfies that creative part of my brain, and allows me to explore things I love. Fashion has been a big inspiration for me over the years. Fashion is art and commerce but it is also craft and function. Somenow, in my mind the catalyst for this blog being Lululemon makes perfect sense.

Recently I’ve been feeling such desire to create something physical and I’ve been reminiscing a lot about my fine art days. I had not made any art or craft since my kids where born, I just admire other peoples art. This confuses so many people in my life that knew me as someone who loved making art. I think I’ve just been incubating my artist.

My Mala Bead Bracelet Inspiration


The creative itch came back in full force back in May and hasn’t left me since. When we went to New York last month we visited this strange little gallery on the Upper East Side. It’s called the Astro Fine Minerals Gallery. Inside is the most splendid display of museum quality Minerals. When I say museum quality, think $10,000 and above and displayed on plinths with glass casings and special lighting. The gallery manager was so lovely and allowed me to take photos and ask questions about all of the pieces I was gravitating to even though she knew I was not a buyer. She was excited to see which minerals where grabbing my attention.


That gallery visit inspired me to learn more about semi-precious stones and minerals. I was so inspired by these amazing displays of art in nature. Crystals are the most orderly structure in nature. They are so strange, magestic and alluring. At this same time my best friend was really excited about Mala Bracelets. She gifted me two really beautiful malas of Apatite and Rose Quartz. They are so special to me because she picked them out for me based on the gemstones. My creative itch, the inspiration of the gallery visit and my friend gifting me with mala bracelets created a catalyst in me and I just started searching out gemstones.


I started visiting a little jewelry making studio nearby. I’ve learned a lot about techniques, product quality and sourcing and I’ve been creating mala bead bracelets ever since. I’m so excited about this new creative journey and can’t wait to see how it develops as I keep learning and exploring in this medium.

Empress Mala Designs

Empress Mala Designs

If you love mala bracelets, semi-precious gemstones and jewelry I’d love it if you’d visit my store! I hope you enjoy browising my store the way I truely enjoyed browsing the Astro Fine Minerals Gallery.

See My Mala Bead Bracelet Collection

Aphrodite

Empress Mala Designs | Cherry Quartz Black Snowflake Obsidian Mala Bead Bracelet

Ceridwen

Empress Mala Designs, Moonstone and Aura Quartz Mala Bead Bracelet, Made In Canada

Gaia and Callisto Mala Bead Bracelets

Empress Mala Designs, Apatite Mala Bead Bracelet, Aqua Aura Quartz Mala Bead Bracelet

Demeter

Citrine and Super Seven Mala Bead Bracelets by Empress Mala Designs

Artemis

Chevron Amethyst and Crystal Quartz Empress Mala Designs
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14 responses to “Mala Bead Bracelets | Empress Mala Designs”

  1. Buggie says:

    Congrats! I love when people seize their dreams… even in small ways 🙂
    I love the citrine labradorite!

  2. LB says:

    Congratulations on the beautiful mala creations, and following your dream! While having a quick look I noticed some typos in the product descriptions, and thought you might like to know. In the first and second paragraph it should be malas, and not mala’s. In the last paragraph you wrote the ‘thickets’, but pretty sure you meant thickest. I hope this doesn’t come across as condescending, but I’d appreciate being told if roles were reversed.

  3. Jenn says:

    I loved the Artemis so much I just bought it on Etsy!!!

    • Cristina says:

      Thank you so much!! I hope you love it even more in person. The quartz is stunning next to the amethyst.

  4. Buggie says:

    P.S. first of my three Sezane orders came. OhEmGee!!!!!! The Calie and Diana dresses are the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Hooked!!! Next box comes tomorrow….

    • Cristina says:

      I picked mine up yesterday and love everything. I took a huge risk on the hamptons blouse ordering it two sizes down (the info said to size up if between sizes) and not only does it fit, it’s my favourite item! Hopefully I can get pictures up today.

  5. Buggie says:

    Yesssss I need pictures! I too took some sizing risks that paid off.

  6. Buggie says:

    Aaaaaaaand my second package came. I’m returning one thing only and that’s just because I ordered two by accident. Crap. Sezane is my new holy grail I think.

  7. Arin says:

    so cool!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just received my order of mala beads and they are so nice – thank you!!!!
    The packaging is very cute as well 😉

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