This page features Tibetan and Zen Buddhist symbolic jewelry in argentium sterling silver and karat gold. Among the symbols we make as jewelry are the Tibetan aum, Tibetan aum lotus; double dorje and double dorje with warrior dharmachakra; dharmachakra, with stones and as the symbol for the Medicine Buddha; kartika or drigug; more lotuses with stones; Tibetan knot and its Ming variation; Tibetan mandala, a custom Manjushri piece and Majushri's sword; Tibetan skull. In Zen and Japanese jewelry the K'an symbol, the Zen Gate, Enso and Mitsu Tomoe. We are Buddhists and we love to make Buddhist symbols - email us if you want us to make something that you don't see here!
Venerated in the East as the name of God, this primal word sound is used as a mantra to induce meditative states, while its Sanskrit or Tibetan form is considered a mandala - a design that leads to spiritual awakening. This is the Tibetan version and ours was once praised by a lama for its trueness of form and accuracy of line - much to our delight! The Tibetan aum, and the Tibetan language in general, is based on Sanskrit, the sacred language of Hinduism. The Tibetan aum thus has similarities in letter structure to the Sanskrit aum and it has the same meaning.
Small: $40 Code:172(22X16mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $50 Code:171(30X21mm or 1.2"X0.8")
Large: $70 Code:772(36X28mm or 1.4"X1.1")
Small: $190 Code:172au(22X16mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $300 Code:171au(30X21mm or 1.2"X0.8")
Large: $480 Code:772au(36X28mm or 1.4"X1.1")
The lotus is a popular symbol for the law of cause and effect, karma, and the transformative nature of the spiritual journey. In this representation a 14kt gold Tibetan aum is soldered onto the center of the top layer of petals which is then textured and soldered onto another layer of petals. It can also be made with the Sanskrit aum or either can be made in silver like the one here.
The outer (by outer we mean 'known to all') meaning of the dorje is a Tibetan thunderbolt symbolizing male power, the inner (by inner we mean 'known to devotees') meaning is the emblem of Vajrayana, the Diamond World - that which cuts through our delusions. The secret (secret means what secret usually does 'known only to masters') meaning is Emptiness - being devoid of a separate self and thus containing all possibility. Brought to Tibet by the great magickal Buddha Padmasambhava, it is also a magick wand. The double Dorje represents the indestructibility of all phenomenonal essence. It serves as a symbol of harmony, immutability, and all-knowingness. The single, uncrossed representation, vajra (diamond scepter, dorje in Tibetan), symbolizes skillful means and compassion.
Small: $40 Code:072(20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $50 Code:037(27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $70 Code:421(36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $280 Code:072au(20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $470 Code:037au(27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $750 Code:421au(36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Or, if you prefer, a double dorje with chaosphere. The oldest reference we have found to the design now known as the chaosphere is the warrior dharmachakra, itself a magickal (and actual) weapon similar to a shuriken. Here the combination of symbols is set with a fine tourmaliine. The prices above are for standard stones. Mark chose this stone as the color of magick (after Pratchett): octarine. In this version the double dorje is turned 45 degrees on top of the chasosphere. See here for a version that has the dorje at 90 degrees - I like them both! You can choose along with your stone, of course.
The dharmachakra is a Buddhist emblem of Hindu origin. It resembles a wagon wheel with eight spokes, each representing one of the eight tenets of Buddhist belief. Each spoke is said to have sharp edges to cut through ignorance. The circle symbolizes the perfection of the dharma; the hub stands for discipline, which is the core of meditation practice; the rim refers to the mindfulness or samadhi which holds everything together and the spokes represent the eightfold path leading to enlightenment:
Right faith, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right endeavor, right mindfullness, and right meditation.
It is drawn from an Indian symbol which represents samsara, or endless rebirth. But to Buddhists it symbolizes overcoming obstacles. The dharma wheel can also refer to the dissemination of the dharma from country to country. In this sense the dharma wheel began rolling in India, carried on to Central Asia, and then arrived in South East and East Asia and ultimately the world!
Small: $40 Code:071(22X22mm or 0.9" diameter)
Medium: $50 Code:070(29X29mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $70 Code:410(38X38mm or 1.5" diameter)
Small: $270 Code:071au(22X22mm or 0.9" diameter)
Medium: $420 Code:070au(29X29mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $700 Code:410au(38X38mm or 1.5" diameter)
In this version of the dharmachakra we have put 8 chakra stones, thus integrating Hindu chakra work with the Buddhist dharmachakra:
8 The Void: MOONSTONE, 7 Enlightenment: AMETHYST, 6 Intuition: LAPIS, 5 Healing: TURQUOISE, 4 Love: CHRYSOPRASE, 3 Mental Clarity: CITRINE, 2 Creativity: GARNET and 1 Stability: HEMATITE
You can have whatever stones represent your path best of course, or just one stone in the middle if you like. Email us for more info.
This dharmachakra has eight lapis lazuli stones to represent the Medicine Buddha, who cures the illness of suffering using the medicine of his teachings. His full name is "Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light." The practice of Medicine Buddha, the Supreme Healer (Sangye Menla in Tibetan) is not only a very powerful method for healing and increasing healing powers both for oneself and others, but also for overcoming the inner sickness of attachment, hatred, and ignorance. To meditate on the Medicine Buddha helps decrease physical and mental illness and suffering.
The stones in the silver version are larger on this piece than on the other dharmachakra with stones, and we modified the piece accordingly, making the places for the stones slightly larger.
Medium: $130 Code:411(29X29mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $150 Code:412(38X38mm or 1.5" diameter)
Medium: $620 Code:411au(29X29mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $940 Code:412au(38X38mm or 1.5" diameter)
We thought this 14kt gold dharmachakra with a stunning faceted iolite in the center looked so pretty that we had to show it off! Other stones can be had of course. Email us for more stone options or sterling silver options.
The kartika or drigug is a Tibetan magickal weapon often carried by Dakinis (semi-wrathful female deities that help the meditator integrate magickal powers) such as the Vajrayogini. The kartika is a symbol of prajna wisdom cutting through delusion. Look closely and you'll see that the handle is 1/2 of a dorje that ends in a stylized elephant/demon. Drigug's are carried to chop up demons encountered on a journey - the elephant is a subdued demon and is a warning to other demons. Beware the dakini with a drigug! The kartika is likely a remnant of pre-Buddhist paganism.
This piece looks fabulous with a stone in the middle of the dorje, email us for more info.
Small: $50 Code:193(20X28mm or 0.8"X1.1")
Medium: $60 Code:108(26X37mm or 1"X1.4")
Large: $80 Code:514(35X49mm or 1.4"X2.0")
Small: $310 Code:193au(20X28mm or 0.8"X1.1")
Medium: $510 Code:108au(26X37mm or 1"X1.4")
Large: $820 Code:514au(35X49mm or 1.4"X2.0")
This is the kartika with a 14kt gold handle, sterling silver blade and a stone in the handle. We show an oval emerald and an onyx but diamonds are great too because in Tibet enlightenment is called "The Diamond World." Or, as Tsultrim Allione put it:
"The hooked crescent-shaped knife of the dakini with its vajra handle pulls one forth from suffering, chops up the ego-centred self and is guided by the diamond clarity of the vajra."
Email us for diamond (or other stones) information. Also, the kartika with emerald takes a round stone for the small size.
Small: $165 Code:193auag(20X28mm or 0.8"X1.1")
Medium: $220 Code:108auag(26X37mm or 1"X1.4")
Large: $285 Code:514auag(35X49mm or 1.4"X2.0")
Small: $195 Code:193auage(20X28mm or 0.8"X1.1")
Medium: $320 Code:108auage(26X37mm or 1"X1.4")
Large: $460 Code:514auage(35X49mm or 1.4"X2.0")
The lotus flower represents the earth. Tibetan Buddhist mystics imagined the earth floating like a lotus flower on the oceans of the universe with the heart of the flower being the cosmic mountain, the axis of the universe. The lotus is also a symbol for karma, the law of cause and effect and is a female generative symbol, incorporating all four elements unified. The lotus roots in earth, floats in water, breathes in air, and grows by the fire of the sun. The growth of the lotus, from mud, through water, and emerging as a wonderful plant on the water's surface, is seen as an analogy to the soul’s path from the mud of materialism to the purity of enlightenment.
Images of the Buddha and other important beings are often shown seated on a lotus throne. The three stages of the lotus: bud, utpala (mid-blossom) and the full blossoming throne represent the past, present and future respectively.
The lotus on the left has a spectacular synthetic sapphire but, of course, you can have any stone you want, faceted or cabachon. Email us for more information as other stones may have different prices. Or just go ahead and order and I'll email you if your requested gem costs more - or less! The14kt gold lotus on the right has a collection grade AAA 6 mm opal in it - prices are for a more modest stone.
Small: $55 Code:143 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter )
Medium: $70 Code:144 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter )
Large: $90 Code:575 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter )
Small: $335 Code:143au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter )
Medium: $520 Code:144au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter )
Large: $790 Code:575au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter )
This is another style of lotus as a layered piece with a very large stone (10 mm diameter) in the center. In lotus visualization meditations this is the type of lotus usually visualized with a glowing aum in the center instead of a stone. The stone shown here is a medium priced cabochon garnet. Malachite, carnelian, jade and some turquoise are all less expensive (that is, less than the garnet) stones that work well with this piece. Moonstone, amethyst, aquamarine and topaz are more expensive (that is, more than the garnet) possibilities. This design can be made as a Large (36 mm diameter), with a GIGANTIC stone and consequent increase in price! As always, email us for more information.
The Eternal, or Infinite, Knot (Sanskrit, Srivastsa) is the classic icon for the concept of reality that represents the unity between Wisdom and Compassion. It is a geometric diagram of right angles (Eight squares), having no beginning and no ending, representing the concept that everything in the world is interconnected; a seamless union of dependent origination and emptiness (shunyata). The knot also reflects the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth, mirroring infinity and the wisdom of the Buddha. The endless knot is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols in Tibetan Buddhism; symbolic atributes of the enlightened mindstream.
Small: $40 Code:110(22X16mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $50 Code:068(30X21mm or 1.2"X0.8")
Large: $70 Code:777( 40X27mm or 1.6"x1.1")
Small: $250 Code:110au (22X16mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $410 Code:068au(30X21mm or 1.2"X0.8")
Large: $660 Code:777au(40X27mm or 1.6"X1.1")
The stone in this piece is a Chatham faceted ruby. Chatham stones are manufactured and unbelievably beautiful. This stone is prettier then most genuine rubies I've seen - that weren't in museums that is.
Price is for a more modest stone. Email us with your stone choice.
Tummo is a Tibetan word, meaning fierce [woman] or inner fire. Practicing Tummo in Tantric Yoga harnesses the powerful psycho-physical energy that courses through the body and which most people either churn in a cauldron of chaotic thoughts and emotions or dissipate in pursuit of pleasure. A yogi or yogini consciously accumulates and then directs this fire to increase wisdom, burn the ignorant mind and attain liberation from the darkness of unawareness. Tummo is the aggressive fire which ignites from below the navel, pierces the chakras one by one and reaches the sky of the crown chakra.
Flame is seen also in Tibetan Buddhist depictions of wrathful divinities. These Protectors fearsome bearing belies their true compassionate nature. Their wrath represents their dedication to the protection of the dharma and the specific tantric practices that prevent the corruption or disruption of the dharma. Wrathful dieties are most importantly used as psychological tools to conquer the negative attitudes of the practitioner.
You can have this piece without a stone for $10 less. Email us if you want to do that or want a different stone than the garnet depicted here.
This is a symbol of China's Ming Imperium: a dynastic emblem derived from a Tibetan Buddhist design depicting the interweaving of karma - the ceaseless succession of cause and effect - and rebirth. It is an endless knot, indicating that the cycle of birth-death-rebirth is as ceaseless as the karma that intertwines it. It is found on Chinese dynastic art, furniture, pottery, fabric and carpets. It is exactly like the Tibetan knot but with soft corners. An identical design can be found in Celtic art, though there is no evidence that the knot had any specific philosophical or religious significance to the Celts beyond the most obvious: that humans are capable of intricacy, which is itself reflective of the intricacy of natural forms. Endless knots exist in every culture at every time.
Small: $40 Code:169(23X17mm or 0.9"X0.7")
Medium: $50 Code:170(30X23mm or 1.2"X0.9")
Large: $70 Code:607( 40X30mm or 1.6"X1.2")
Small: $240 Code:169au (23X17mm or 0.9"X0.7")
Medium: $400 Code:170au(30X23mm or 1.2"X0.9")
Large: $640 Code:607au(40X30mm or 1.6"X1.2")
The Aum, which is the seed sound of God, sits upon the lotus throne, which is the dharma - the way out, the eightfold path. All is surrounded by fire, which represents our delusions. We must cut through our delusions in order to reach Buddhahood - the awakened state of our true nature.
This fascinating piece custom designed for an American Tibetan Buddhist uses design elements traditional to Vajrayana and developed in two dimensional line drawings by the brilliant artist, Robert Beer. The amulet, which is 45 mm in diameter, is a four-layered, flush soldered, extensively stamped and textured pendant with a fancy bail. The piece was hung on a Byzantine chain, an expensive but spectacular chain. A sixteen-petalled lotus in the background, a wooden sutra scroll and Manjushri's flaming sword combine in this one of a kind piece. The piece cost $300. Similar multiple combinations of symbols are a specialty of ours.
One piece that did come from the custom design above was the flaming sword of Manjushri. Manjushri is the Boddhisattva of Boddhicitta, or clear thinking. In each of the six realms of existence: the realms of the Gods, Jealous Gods, Humans, Hungry Ghosts, Hell realm and the realm of Animal, it is possible to break free from the delusion of Mara, the demon that in Buddhist cosmology keeps the wheel of samsara or ignorance turning, and achieve enlightenment through adopting the clear thinking of Manjushri. Boddhicitta doesn't mean quite the same thing as rational thought though. It means, rather, relinquishing the self-narrative that binds one in a false identity of suffering and ignorance.
This is a fine multi-layered piece that could be made in a karat gold and silver combination. It also makes a great dangle earring or two. Email us if you would like information on that.
This may be my all time favorite piece. I have it tattooed on my wrist; Mark made a ring for me with a moonstone on it's forehead and I have it on top of a piece of labradorite with an opal on it's forehead. It rocks.
The skull is always a memento mori or contemplation on mortality. In Tibet the skull also stands for two of the four Precious Gifts: the precious gift of human birth and the precious gift of impermanence or change. After all, 10 out of 10 go. They take that once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be-missed, but no postcards back journey. No use getting attached to your "things" and that includes your very self and your body. You can't take it with you etc etc.
In addition, drinking from a (real) skull cup helps to master the ego and one's own personal demons. Tibetans are tough, with few illusions and are devoted to a higher rebirth. And I won't even get into the contents of skull cups!
This piece looks great with a central stone on the forehead! Email us - I insist!
Fudō Myō-ō is the best known of the Myō-ō, who are venerated especially by the Shingon sect of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Japan's version of Mahayana Buddhism). Fudō converts anger into salvation. He has a furious, glaring face, as he seeks to frighten people into accepting the teachings of Dainichi Buddha and he a carries a “kurikara” or devil-subduing sword in his right hand (representing wisdom cutting through ignorance) and a rope in his left hand (to catch and bind up demons). Fudō’s aureole is typically the flames of fire, which according to Buddhist lore, represent the purification of the mind by the burning away of all material desires.
Enso is a Japanese word meaning "circle" and also a concept strongly associated with Zen. Enso is perhaps the most common subject of Japanese calligraphy, symbolizing enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void. It is also an "expression of the moment." In Zen Buddhism it represents Sunyata (Shunyata-Emptiness). Ususally painted in one stroke with black ink and a Chinese brush, our piece is made from sterling silver and then carefully oxidized. A black leather cord is included. Our Zen friends tell us that we have perfectly captured the elusive brush stroke in silver - so this must be 'Zen and The Art of Jewelry Making!'
This design derives from an actual bamboo gate in a Zen monastery in Japan, and refers to a koan known as the 'gateless gate'. A koan ('what is the sound of one hand clapping?' for example) is an aid to spiritual awakening that works by subverting the rational mind with its sheer irrationality, forcing the meditator to break out of the box of conventional (even Buddhist conventional) thinking onto another plane, one not so hidebound to the ego. In this case, 'what is a gateless gate?'
There is a famous book of koans from the 13th century called "The Gateless Gate" - no doubt an incorrect translation of the title - that is central to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. One of the koans:
Two monks were watching a flag flapping
in the wind.
One said to the other, "The flag is moving."
The other replied, "The wind is moving."
Huineng overheard this. He said,
"Not the flag, not the wind; mind is moving."
Note: the design is too intricate to make as a small - at least until Mark develops super powers.
Medium: $50 Code:115(27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $70 Code:853( 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Medium: $470 Code:115au(27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $750 Code:853au(36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
This symbol is ubiquitous on Buddhist and Shinto temples all over Japan. Its name is 'tomoe,' meaning turning or circular, referring to the motion of the earth. The tomoe is related to the yin yang symbol, and has a similar meaning, representing the play of forces in the cosmos. Visually, the tomoe is made up of interlocking flames resembling tadpoles. The most common tomoe emblem has three flames (triple, or 'mitsu' tomoe). A mitsu (triple) tomoe reflects the threefold division of Shinto cosmology, and is said to represent the earth, the heavens, and humankind. Some view the mitsu tomoe as representative of the threefold division (Man, Earth and Sky) at the heart of the Shinto religion. Originally, it was associated with the Shinto war deity Hachiman, and through that was adopted by the samurai as their traditional symbol.
This is one of our forever most popular pieces as it is so powerful and dynamic!
Small: $40 Code:044(20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $50 Code:004(27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $70 Code:043( 36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $250 Code:044au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $400 Code:004au(27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $640 Code:043au(36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
We specialize in Buddhist rings, especially committment and wedding rings. Our most popular designs feature the Tibetan knot. Lotuses and aums are also often requested. You can find many more rings in the rings section and you can email us if you want your own version of one of these.
This is single Tibetan knot, soldered to a wide band, with a central stone (in this case lapis). Rings like this, depending on the stone cost $225 and up. Further down the page this style ring is also shown in 14kt gold, and as an engagement ring with an emerald.
The Tibetan knot, repeated in this design four times around the band of an argentium silver ring, is a popular symbol, incorporating the themes of enlightenment, karmic binding, commitment, and continuity. This ring costs $275 and up.
In Japanese Buddhism marriage is considered to last three incarnations. As all Buddhists know, nothing is permanent, but three lifetimes seems pretty long! This is 14kt gold on argentium sterling silver and costs $400 and up.
This was a wedding ring for the groom (the bride chose a more traditional style); a ring with two double tibetan knots, a lotus with a cabochon ruby, and a dorje in 14kt gold soldered to the textured sterling silver band. A similar ring would cost $500 and up.
This ring has four Tibetan Knots around the band as in the sterling silver version above. Rings like this, depending on size, cost $450 to $650.
This ring repeats four Tibetan Aums and four Tibetan knots around the band. This ring costs $900 and up.
This ring is a simplified Tibetan knot, repeated around the band to which it is flush soldered. Each opening within the knots is just over a millimeter square. The ring is 7 mm wide. This is the groom's ring. The couple are American Tibetan Buddhists and were married in a Tibetan Temple in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The project was really 3 rings: the bride's engagement ring, which Mark made to fit into her wedding band, plus the groom's ring. Here you see her ring, with a square emerald and a large Tibetan knot fitting into her band. The total for all three rings cost about $2000. We were delighted to receive a DVD of their wedding, their honeymoon in Venice, and the visit of the Dalai Lama to Boston!
This ring features stylized lotuses and aums flush soldered to a textured 6.5 mm wide band. This means that these elements are less than 1/4 of an inch in diameter. This ring cost around $900 but as always the price depends on size, materials and complexity.
This is the engagement ring that went with the aum/lotus ring on the left. The spectacular tsavorite garnet is an appropriate color to go with an Aum. This is high shine 14kt yellow gold on a textured argentium sterling silver band. See here for an image of the full set. This ring cost $500 because of the stone.
Here is the mahamantra "The Jewel is in the Heart of the Lotus" in Tibetan, in raised relief, THREE times around this size 4 ring! Pam doesn't know how Mark did it and neither does he! Rings like this cost $1000 or more depending on the size. We can also make this in argentium sterling silver for $300 or so and in 14kt gold or a gold silver combination. Email us with your ring size for more details.
For Celtic or Irish Buddhists, or anyone who likes that combination, this custom ring features the hands of the claddagh symbol holding a dharmachakra. From the wrists back a celtic knot curves around the back of the ring. Rings similar to this cost $500 or more depending on the size.
Hung is the last syllable in Aum Mani Padme Hum, the mahamantra, spoken, in Tibetan: Hung. One of the seed syllables, like Aum, Hung is a sacred sound in Buddhism and Hinduism. A couple of Tibetan Buddhists commissioned these band rings with an oval disk and the hung in yellow gold. This ring, in red gold, is high copper content 14kt gold, difficult to work but really a beautiful color. A ring like this costs $500 and up.
We made two rings with the same design in different metals. This was made from argentium sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold. The ovals are sunk into the ring band, not simply soldered on top. Rings like this cost $350 and up.
This spectacular 14kt gold ring features a 7 mm diameter genuine star ruby within a lotus flower seated on a hexagram. On each side of the ring two snakes intertwine below two moons in the center of which are set natural cabochon rubies. Rings like this can cost $1500 to $2500 depending on the cost of the stones. Here is a larger side image of the ring.
This also spectacular version of the lotus ring features a 6 mm diameter AAA collection grade opal, and as side accents within crescent moons two 7 point (VS) diamonds. Snakes intertwine below the moons. Here is another enlargement of the ring. This ring, in sterling silver, cost $800. It could be made in white or yellow gold also. Email us with your ring size for current quotes.
This magnificent dharmachakra signet ring is 22kt gold fused to stering silver and set with 11 colored gemstones, including diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.
This was a special order ring and cost $1500.
This lush 18kt ring was commissioned by the same customer who bought the ring to the left. He said he had to grab a chair to prevent himself from falling over when he opened the box and saw the ring for the first time.
This custom 18kt gold ring cost $2500.