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slide 1: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html 12 Types Of Prayer Bead Materials Prayer Beads also referred to as rosary or mala are a chain of beads used by members of certain religions to keep track of the repetitions of either prayers devotions or chants. Some of these religions include catholic and orthodox Christianity Hinduism Buddhism Islam and many more. Throughout history many different types of materials have been used in making prayer beads. Some of these materials were selected as a result of their local availability while others were selected for religious or spiritual reasons. Still some affluent persons have also used more expensive materials in making their prayer beads probably as a show of opulence. The Materials used in making Prayer beads Following is a listing of the numerous materials that have either been used or continues to be used in the making of beads for praying. 1. Seeds Many kinds of seeds have traditionally been used in the making of beads for praying. These seeds include: Bodhi Seeds The Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree. Therefore mala beads made from bodhi seeds are considered sacred by Buddhists. slide 2: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html Abrus Precatorius This is a plant also referred to with many names like rosary pea and crabs eye. It is native to India and other tropical areas of the world and has bright red seeds which are good when used both as jewelry and as stringed beads for praying. Coix seeds These are pale-whitish grains from the tropical plant known as Jobs tears. These seeds are used in making liqueur in some countries and necklaces ornaments and stringed beads for praying in others. slide 3: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html Afzelia Seeds These are red and black seeds that originate from the Afzelia tree which is used primarily for wood and also for medicine. Rudraksha Rudraksha seeds are used traditionally in Hinduism for making praying beads. They are hard seeds with multiple smooth groves on the surface. 2. Wood Wood is another natural material that has been used in making prayer beads. Different wooden beads will have different values according to the tree from which it was made. Following are some trees which have been using in making wooden praying beads since ages. slide 4: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html Sandalwood Sandalwood is an Indian tree that is widely cultivated because of its fragrant timber and oil. It is one of the favorite materials for Buddhist prayer beads. Tulasi Also known as holy basil this plant is an aromatic plant native to the Indian subcontinent. It is a sacred plant in Hinduism so beads made from it are quite special. slide 5: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html Ebony Ebony is a dense and completely black hardwood. When polished it usually has a smooth finish which makes it a valuable ornamental wood. RoseWood Rosewood is a collective name for a number of timbers with rich hues. They are often brownish and with darker veining. slide 6: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html Agalloch Agalloch is a fragrant and resinous wood from the specie Aquilaria agallocha which is native to eastern India. Olive The wood from olive trees is also used in making beads as well as the seeds. slide 7: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html Bamboo There are many different methods of making prayer beads from bamboos. Bamboo is cheap and durable and it has a promising future as a universal material. 3. Glass beads Beads are also made of glass. Glass beads can either be plain and transparent or have multiple colors and shapes. Rosaries have been made of glass for a very long time and when used together with a metal chain prayer beads made from glass can be very beautiful. slide 8: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html 4. Coconut beads Coconut shells can also be used in bead making. To achieve this first the coconut shell has to be filed thoroughly on both sides to make it smooth. Then circular pieces are carved out and a hole drilled in their middle through which a string can be passed to connect it with other coconut beads. Due to the nature of coconut beads it is helpful when a smaller sized bead is added between two beads so that they can be easily used in counting during prayer. 5. Pearls Pearls have long been used as beads for different reasons including for prayers. Due to their beauty and relatively difficult method of harvesting pearls are a little pricey. So praying beads made from pearls are more expensive that most other types of beads. slide 9: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html 6. Pebbles Some pebbles can become amazingly beautiful when polished. A pebble is a small piece of rock about 2 to 64 millimeters in diameter and preferably rounded or oval in shape. After polishing a hole is drilled right through the pebbles and a string passed through them to create nice prayer beads. 7. Plastic Beads Plastic is the newest material in this list having been most recently invented. Plastic beads can come in a wide variety of colors but they are mostly opaque and prone to scratches. Else plastic beads are very affordable and in most cases plastic is the cheapest material for making beads. 8. Gemstones Gemstones are mineral crystals that may look rough and unattractive when they are raw but once they have been cut and polished they becomes dazzling pieces to marvel at. There are many different gemstones and many have been used as jewelry and prayer beads for millenia. slide 10: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html Following are some of these gemstones: Corals Corals are multi-cellular marine organisms classified under invertebrates. They are very important to the physical structure of coral reefs in sub-tropical and tropical waters. Due to their often very bright and varied colors corals have the appeal of being used as jewelry including as beads. The intensively red type of coral is considered a gemstone and when polished offers an amazing piece of beauty which can be used in either high-end jewelry or expensive praying beads. Amethyst Amethyst is a variety of quartz that is purple colored. It was originally worn by the Greeks and used in decorating drinking cups with the belief that it prevented drunkenness. When used in making beads the beads produced are transparent dark to light purple beads that look good either as jewelry or for praying purposes. slide 11: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html Jade There are two types of Jade jadeite and nephrite. Both are equally alike and considered to be jade but jadeite is more rare and therefore more expensive. The color texture and transparency of this gemstone determines its value. Beads made from jade are extremely beautiful and also quite valuable. 9. Wool Wool can also be used in making beads. Woolen beads are soft can be any desired size and can be made in a wide variety of colors. slide 12: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html 10. Meerschaum Meerschaum is German and means the foam of the sea in English. It is a soft white and clay-like material. It has been traditionally used in making smoking pipes but can as well be used in making beads. 11. Carnelian Carnelian is a brownish-red mineral which is considered to be a semi-precious stone. It does look quite nice when polished and can be used to make pretty beads as well. slide 13: Mala Beads Store Bracelets Necklaces https://www.beadforsale.com Article Url: https://www.beadforsale.com/blog/12-types-of-prayer-bead-materials.html 12. Silver Gold Gold silver are the most popular precious metals in the world and have also been used in making prayer beads. But due to the rarity of these two metals praying beads made from them are usually for the wealthy. Conclusion Many of the religions have their valid reasons for using beads in prayers. The important thing is that the prayer beads help the person when praying by keeping score of how many times a prayer or mantra has been repeated. Without prayer beads most devotees may just loose concentration when they try to keep count mentally. This is their primary function those beads that are made from precious stones and metals do not add more value to this function but they may add an air of opulence to whoever has them.

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