Rudraksha Seed Beads: The Blue Marble
We love using Rudraksha seeds in our jewelry and have a few photos of past projects to inspire you!
These stonefruit seeds from the Rudraksha tree have been used for over 1000 years as an aid to self-empowerment and self-enlightenment. Used often in jewelry and as prayer beads or malas, they have multiple "faces" ranging from 1-21, with 4-6 facets being the most common that you can see between the clefts, and each number has a different meaning.
The natural colors of the seed is a beige/brown, and this reddish color is a very popular version that most people recognize. There are 3 places that these are sourced from are: Nepal, Indonesia and India with most of ours coming from India.
What I find most amazing, is that in fruit form, the berry is an intense BLUE color that you can't find anywhere else in the world, except on one particular ocean creature that lives in the marianas trench!
"Rudraksha is not a seed, but a fruit. The fresh fruits of rudraksha are deep blue in colour and look marvellous. Therefore the rudrakksha plant is also popularly known as the blue marble fruit plant.
But here is something you probably did not know, this beautiful colour is not caused by any plant pigment, but is due to the microstructural character of the cuticle and light interference. Thus the blue hue is because of the reflection of light from the cuticle. This phenomenon is very rare in the plant kingdom. As the fruits mature this blue colour slowly changes to deep grey, to black."