Adults who are at-one with the universe understand the importance behind jewelry with intention. A designer from Vancouver, Canada has crafted pieces in the same spirit for children, to provide kids with a calmer mind, body and spirit and discussed her objective in an exclusive interview on Tuesday with the Long Island Women’s Style Examiner.
Ashley Wray launched the Mala Collective out of Canada this past January and due to its popularity among yogis and young parents in Vancouver, she then created a line for children. The Mala Beads are handmade in Bali from Rudraksha seeds and gemstones. Combined, the jewelry provide calmer mind, body and spirit; the beads embody peace and love and the gemstones emit an intention or healing quality of love, strength and clarity.
Ashley chatted about Little Pieces with the Women’s Style Examiner to explain why the Mala Beads are an ethical alternative to “cheap” toy jewelry for kids that has been known to contain harmful chemicals like lead, unlike the Mala Collective, and how each gemstone has a different intention.
Long Island Women’s Style Examiner: What inspired you to create this jewelry collection for children?
Ashley Wray: We started back in January and kids were drawn to the adult pieces and the parents wanted something similar for their children. Then, a friend who has an Online Yoga Channel wanted to collaborate because the young yogis were wearing the adult pieces.
Long Island Women’s Style Examiner: Could you tell me more about the seeds and the intentions?
Ashley Wray: Rudraksha Seeds grow on trees in Southeast Asia and have been used in medication and prayer jewelry for centuries to create a calm mind, body and spirit. The seeds are very spiritual. There are different intentions behind every stone and we find people buy their jewelry based upon the intention of each piece; for example, turquoise is for an increase in love.
Long Island Women’s Style Examiner: Jewelry with stone intentions was popular a while ago. Are they making a comeback?
Ashley Wray: Yes, we found they go hand-in-hand with the yoga movement and Vancouver is a hub for yoga. We launched in January and got married in Bali and it was great to see the love and devotion in how the pieces were made. It is really cool to work with little yogis who have that mindset, a strong connection with mediation and setting intentions. It is beautiful to witness that conscious living, mindfulness and love in little kids who find their soul at a young age.
Long Island Women’s Style Examiner: What are the age recommendations for this collection?
Ashley Wray: I would say five, six and above to 10-years-old, as long as they can get it over their heads, there is no clasp on the necklaces.
The Little Pieces jewelry with intention for children has also been seen on celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Paula Abdul and Sting and can be purchased online.
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