Hi! We're Kim and Kate: the hands and hearts behind Radiant Malas.
We created our brand together in 2017 in Boulder, Colorado with the intent to design and create uniquely beautiful jewelry using high-quality gemstones to allow and encourage you, our customer, to make small, significant shifts and conscious choices towards a more mindful and positive life.
After years of friendship and shared interest in yoga, mindfulness, gemstones, and jewelry-making, we attended a mala-making workshop together, and were both instantly enamored with the meaning and history of these pieces. We soon discovered how difficult it was to find malas that were as beautiful to wear as they were significant to use, and were inspired to create them ourselves to share with you. We love the meditative process of tying each mala~knot with focus, connecting the semi-precious stones with love and intention.
Sanskrit for “garland,” a mala is a string of 108 beads that represents something in your personal journey. A larger, grounding 109th guru bead is at the center of the garland, and lies close to your heart. Malas are traditionally used by yogis to enhance their spiritual practice, but they’ve been worn by people for different positive intentions for thousands of years.
To make our exquisite Radiant Malas, we start with high-grade sustainably-mined crystal gemstones, which are all-natural—never dyed or artificially enhanced. Natural crystals are crucial to the integrity of our malas, as they come from the Earth, carry the energy and depth of our beautiful planet, and have been used for centuries to heal, protect, release, and manifest.
We then design and hand-knot each mala with focused intention, using the traditional over-hand technique that results in a simple, strong knot between every individual bead. Each mala is uniquely one-of-a-kind, expresses its own property and power, and is finished with a distinctive guru bead and hand-tied tassel.
Throughout this entire process, we are both wholly devoted to creating a mala worthy of your journey: one that is as beautiful as it is meaningful, and as individual as you, your intentions and your dreams.
Shortly after launching, we decided we wanted a tiny gemstone necklace that could be worn alone or layered with our malas, and created our Tiny Intentions Collection. These gemstone necklaces, made with the same high-quality beads, are simple, stylish and just as effective in helping you stay connected to your intentions. (Think "tiny but mighty!")
It brings us immense joy to know that so many people are walking about, wearing an intentionally designed, beautifully handmade, and radiantly unique piece of jewelry from Radiant Malas.
"I love the malas I've purchased from Kim and Kate. Their beads, thread, guru beads and tassel combinations are always thoughtful, gorgeous and well-crafted. It makes me happy to know I am wearing something made with so much love and intention!" ~ Millicent K.