"With so many stones to choose from, how do I pick the right one for me?"
"Do I need to research the properties of the stones before I pick a mala?"
"What if I pick the wrong crystals?"
The short answer to the above questions: choose the one you like. There is no wrong choice. If that means that you choose the mala you think is prettiest, then it means you're drawn to that one the most. There's nothing wrong with choosing a mala based on aesthetic, especially if it means you'll use and wear it more!
Let your intuition guide you
When choosing your mala, let yourself be guided by your intuition. This is a great way to practice tuning into what your intuition tells you. Focus on how it feels. I have often found that your intuition tends to guide you to exactly what you need, also when it comes to purchasing stones! Trust that you will pick the perfect mala for you for this specific point in time.
With that said, you can also choose your mala based on the intention of your meditation. If you require a grounding quality of your mala, choose one made from tiger's eye. If you want to enhance your divine feminine qualities, choose chrysocolla. It can work both ways. You can also choose your mala based on colour psychology! The colour blue or turquoise helps to open the throat chakra for instance. The colour red instills passion.
It is said that using the same mantra over and over can charge the mala and enhance its energetic qualities. After continued use in meditation, the mala can transmit the energy of the mantra as well as the energetic qualities of the beads when it is worn. When you use a new mantra, the energy becomes replaced, so it is recommended to use a different mala for each mantra if possible.
If you feel stuck, or if you are looking for a different combination of crystals, feel free to reach out for advice, and together we'll craft the perfect mala for you!