Shamballa bracelets have been around for centuries and became popular in the United States during the spiritual awakening of the 1960s. These unisex accessories can be worn as a reminder of a spiritual path, as an homage to the Tibetan culture or as a fashion accessory.
Modern Shamballa bracelets are based on traditional Buddhist prayer beads used for meditation. The word Shamballa represents the mythical kingdom that Tibetan Buddhists believe symbolizes enlightenment, peace and perfection. The continuous circle represents the eternal energy flow of the universe, and the type and color of beads can also hold special meaning.
Shamballa bracelets are created by adding beads between square knots on a macramé bracelet and finishing with an adjustable knot closure. Once you learn the simple knotting technique the process can be meditative in its simplicity.
Even though only two materials are needed--beads and cord--the style possibilities are endless. Use hemp or waxed cotton cord with wood beads for a natural look. Consider Satinique™ cord and pavé or stardust beads for more eye-catching bling. And gemstones with imitation silk cord are perfect for creating a classic and elegant piece.
The colors of Shamballa bracelets are often associated with the chakras and worn for the believed metaphysical benefits. Create bracelets to connect with each chakra and you'll easily have an entire line of energy-balancing jewelry. You can offer personalized bracelets by letting customers pick birthstones, favorite colors or a charm.
With so many creative combinations, so few materials needed and an easy, rhythmic technique, Shamballa bracelets are a perfectly balanced jewelry project.
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