Meaning And Significance Of Tibetan Jewellery

December 08, 2018

Meaning And Significance Of Tibetan Jewellery

Jewellery has always possessed meaning. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that Tibetan jewellery is packed with it, which is something that might interest those seeking out Buddhist pendants, Buddhist symbol jewellery, and other items of spiritual significance.

What Are Some of the Different Kinds of Tibetan Jewellery?

Tibetan Bone Jewellery

For starters, it is interesting to point out that Tibetan jewellery is sometimes made out of animal materials, which is why interested individuals can wonder about Tibetan horn pendant meanings and the like. Generally speaking, the animal materials come from yaks, which occupied a place of importance in traditional Tibetan culture because of not just their value as food but also their value for farming and transportation. Due to this, it makes sense that the bones and horns of deceased yaks would be used to make various kinds of jewellery that do honor to said animals.

tibetan horn pendant

Tibetan Dzi Beads

As for the different kinds of Tibetan jewellery, well, suffice to say that there is plenty of variety for interested individuals to choose from.

For example, Tibet is one of a number of Asian cultures that make use of Dzi beads, which are stone beads worn in either bracelets or necklaces that have a mysterious origin. Supposedly, Tibet Dzi beads and their counterparts are imbued with spiritual power, with 21 Eye Dzi beads being particularly potent in that regard. Due to this, those who are curious about Tibetan culture should make sure to check out our selection of authentic Dzi beads, which often come in red because that is seen as an auspicious color in said culture because of its association with the Amitabha Buddha.

Red Lucky Rope

Legend has it that red Buddhist cords or ropes can bring good luck or offer some kind of protection. 

In the traditional practice a Lama ties a knot in the cord, blows a mantra into it, and makes a blessing. They say this allows you to take your teacher with you, even after they are long gone. Many religious traditions have this kind of process, where a teacher imbues an object with spiritual energy and blessings. But, what do these strings mean?

red rope tibetan bracelet

They are sometimes called blessing cords and sometimes called protection cords. They are used in several Buddhist lineages, most often in Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. 

Prayer Beads 

Moving on, other people might be more curious about Buddhist bracelet meanings. In which case, consider our selection of Mala beads, which are used to count the number of times that mantras have been said.

Those who are interested should know that mantras are sacred utterances that are spoken for a wide range of purposes, though some examples are much more common than others. One particularly common example would be the ever-popular "Om mani padme hum," which is a Sanskirt phrase that has been interpreted in many ways by many different individuals. This is because Om is a sacred syllable, while mani means "jewel," padme means "lotus flower," and hum means "spirit of enlightenment."

tibetan mala beads

Regardless, while Mala beads have been seeing use for centuries and centuries, they have seen an upswing in popularity in the west in recent times because of their increasing use for meditation.

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