All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 2)

Lac beads

India is also famous for its beautiful lac beads. They are made by the secretion of small insects which live in trees. The material to make lac beads is collected manually, washed, powdered, and then heated to form a malleable clay-like substance which can be colored, shaped, and glued to the other surfaces. Clay, silver, and terracotta beads, as well as soapstone, bone, and carved wooden beads, are all made manually by hand and designed from simple geometric shapes to intricate geometrical ones.

Lampwork beads are the main section of the bead exports of India, with a variety of colors and delicate small designs – each one of them is totally unique and can’t be replicated. Indian beads are used to make jewelry worldwide. Their decorations adorn all things from everyday clothing, bags, shoes to bridal and festive wear. No bride in India appears without colorful glass, crystals, or pearls beads sparkling in the light.

Rudraksha beads

Rudraksha beads are taken from the Eliocarpus ganitrus tree’s seeds. This kind of Indian beads plays an important role in the lives of spiritual or sanyasis seekers.

There are different varieties of Rudraksha beads with their own benefits, including single faced beads (ek mukhi) and five faced beads (panchmukhi). These beads are usually placed together on a string and used as a mala. Traditionally, Indians string 109 beads in each mala and the 109th bead is called as Bindu. Sadhgurus believe that the Bindu in the mala makes the energy become sensitive and people who use that mala will become dizzy. It is considered best to string a mala on a silk or cotton thread. The rudraksha mala can be worn all day, even during sleep or bath. Moreover, rudraksha bead moves anticlockwise when being held above a negative pranic food or a poisonous drink and moves clockwise when being held above a positive pranic food or a clean drink.