On this page we feature the jewelry of Yoga, Tai Chi, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Reiki and Taoism and other Asian symbol jewelry in argentium sterling silver and karat gold. On this page are the Aum pendant, Lotus pendants, many Yin Yangs, Bagua, Chakra Balancer pendants, Choku Rei Reiki symbol pendants, Ganesh, Kali Yantra and Kali Lotus pendants, the Wheel of Fire or Mitsu Tomoe, the Manchu Seal/Shou pendants, and many Kanji Symbol pendants as well Aum, Lotus and Yin Yang rings.
As always, anything you see in silver you can have in gold - and vice versa. Want a stone(s)? Want stone(s) removed? No problem! We are here to manifest your heart's desire! Email us with your dream.
For Buddhist jewelry go here
Venerated in the East as the name of God, this primal seed sound is used as a mantra to induce meditative states, while its Sanskrit (which this is) or Tibetan (here) form is considered a mandala - a design that leads to spiritual awakening. The Katha Upanishad says:
The goal, which all Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which humans desire when they live a life of continence, I will tell you briefly it is Aum. Aum is indeed Brahman. This one syllable is the highest. Whosoever knows this one syllable obtains all that he desires.
Small: $50 Code:094 (16X22mm or 0.6"X0.9")
Medium: $56 Code:095 (21X29mm or 0.8"X1.1")
Large: $80 Code:323 (28X38mm or 1.1"X1.5")
Small: $170 Code:094au (16X22mm or 0.6"X0.9")
Medium: $290 Code:095au (21X29mm or 0.8"X1.1")
Large: $460 Code:323au (28X38mm or 1.1"X1.5")
The circle around the Aum represents the divine or the multiverse, which is without beginning or end. The Mandukya Upanishad is entirely devoted to the explanation of the syllable 'Aum.' The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali states in verse (1:27):
tasya vacakah pranavah which translates as, "God's voice is Aum."
Small: $50 Code:147 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $60 Code:148 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 Code:327 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $210 Code:147au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $340 Code:148au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $560 Code:327au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
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 an aum is soldered onto the center of the top layer of petals which is then textured and soldered onto another layer of petals. There are a number of variations available of this symbol. Go here for the Tibetan Aum lotus. This is a three dimensional piece and quite deep. Like the Kali lotus below this can be made with a 14kt gold aum and for the same price as that one. Email us for that information.
Kali, the Dark Mother, is a deity with whom devotees have a very loving and intimate bond, in spite of her fearful appearance. In this relationship, the worshipper becomes a child and Kali assumes the form of the ever-caring mother. This is a fairly recent view of her though. More traditionally she is the Hindu goddess associated with eternal energy. The figure of Kali conveys death, destruction, and the consuming aspects of reality. As such, she is also a "forbidden thing," or even death itself. In some rituals, the practioner boldly seeks to confront Kali, and thereby assimilates and transforms her into a vehicle of salvation. Rember, you can't have construction without destruction and vice versa!
And here she is in 14kt gold on top of an argentium lotus. Divine. She can be made in silver for the same price as the piece above. As always, email us for more information.
BTW, I thought you should know this:
"In Western culture, the dichotomy of good and evil is often taken as a paradigm for other dichotomies. In Hegelian dialectics, dichotomies are linked to 'progress' through the achievement of a synthesis. In Chinese philosophy however, the paradigmatic dichotomy of yin and yang does not generally give preference or moral superiority to one side or the other of the dichotomy, and dichotomies are linked to cyclical processes rather than progress. Excessive yin or yang states are viewed as unbalanced and undesirable."
This interesting design incorporates the symbolism of the law of cause and effect which is embodied in the lotus with the Tai Chi, or yin yang, a symbol that stands for not only the dynamic bipolarity of opposites but also that each "fish" (1/2 of the yin yang) is constantly becoming the other and already has a spot of the other in it. Birth, Karma, Balance and Unity. What a symbol!
This is a four part layered piece. See more lotuses here.
Another one of our astounding clever customers, Andrew, came up with this idea of surrounding the symbol of Birth, Karma, Balance and Unity with the ouroboros of seamless space/time! We thank you so much, Andrew!
This is a five part layered piece.
The pentagram is also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where the points refer to fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The outer circle stands for generation, and yang. The inner circle (the rim of the yin yang) stands for preservation and yin. The Tai Chi, or yin yang, itself is a Taoist symbol which stands for the union and mutuality of apparent opposites. The Chinese elements also refer to major organs of the body, the animals, the climate, hours of the day, sounds, I Ching trigrams and many other correspondences.
This is a Taoist symbol representing the cyclic alternation of dualities - good or evil, male or female, light or dark, sweet or sour. Each lobe contains a spot of its opposite in its heart to remind us that no perception is ever purely what we think it to be, but is forever containing and evolving toward and into its opposite.
The piece on the right (or the piece on the left) could also be made as half silver and half gold - fabulous and less (more) expensive! Email us for more info.
Small: $50 Code:179 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $60 Code:180 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 Code:847 (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
Small: $270 Code:179au (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: $430 Code:180au (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $880 Code:847au (36X36mm or 1.4" diameter)
The dual concepts of yin and yang – or the single concept yin-yang – originated in ancient Korean philosophy and metaphysics, which describe two primal opposing but complementary principles or cosmic forces said to be found in all non-static objects and processes in the universe - that is: all life. This paradoxical concept is the cornerstone of Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine.
This is a layered piece with the yang side (high shine) as a layer over the oxidized and textured yin side.
This is a bit more elegant variation of the cut out yin yang. The two fishes are enclosed within a wire rim and both the yin and yang elements are textured.
This is a heavier, "more important" (because of the stones) version of perhaps the most famous Eastern symbol in the West - the yin yang. Though many people know what it means, many don't. Such a simple design to reflect such profundity - nothing is ever completely black or white, but contains, in its heart, a healthy dose of its opposite and is also forever transforming into that opposite and vice versa. Ask the next kid you see wearing a yin yang if he knows what it means and if he doesn't, tell him!
This is my favorite version of the yin yang - divided in half as a testament to relationships! It says 'I will always have a part of you with me. as will you of me. Together we make of absolute opposites: ONE.' THE best, really.
We can engrave your names and date of ceremony (or most anything else) on the back if you like at no extra charge. We even make a set for Discordians: a split sacred chao!
Here is our Yin Yang with Stones set within an Ouroborous, a symbol that signifies Time and the flow of energy through the Universe.
You can frequently see the three-part yin-yang symbol painted on Buddhist temple buildings in East Asia, particularly temples in the Zen sect. The symbol appears to have originated in the Chinese Taoist tradition during the period of the Tang Dynasty (which provides the connection to Zen), although there is some evidence of it much earlier, in the Shang Dynasty. The symbol is thought to represent the "3 worlds" - heaven, earth, and living creatures - and the dynamic interaction among these worlds.
For the story of the adaption and adoption of the triple yin yang by the BDSM community go here.
This symbol incorporates the 8 trigrams of the I Ching with the yin yang Tai Chi. The I Ching is a divinatory device, but more than that, it is a template for the universe representing the movement from the sophisticated efflorescence of unity into dynamic bipolarity - showing the complex variety of universal phenomena. The bagua is also an essential tool in Feng Shui where it is used as a map and placed over the area to be arranged. King Wen of the Zhou Dynasty said, concerning the origin of the bagua:
"When the world began, there was heaven and earth. Heaven mated with the earth and gave birth to everything in the world. Heaven is Qian-gua, and the Earth is Kun-gua. The remaining six gua are their sons and daughters".
This is a piece that is made out of approximately a billion layers of argentium sterling silver flush soldered together - easy!
The word 'chakra' derived from the Sanskrit cakraṃ, translates as "wheel" or "turning." This pendant incorporates the symbols and the stones of the seven chakras. The Crown Chakra, at the top, is the thousand petal lotus of enlightenment, with an amethyst. The Brow Chakra, intuition,is a pyramid, and features a lapis lazuli. The Throat Chakra, communication, is a winged orb and has a turquoise. The Heart Chakra, unconditional love, is a hexagram with a peridot. The Solar Plexus, transition from base emotions, is a triangle and features an amber. The Spleen or Sacral Chakra, which is pleasure and enthusiasm, is a crescent moon with a carnelian. The Root Chakra, security and stability, is a square with a hematite, though dark red is also it's color.
This design is both a chakra balancer and a meditation on the seven chakras. Much, much more can be said about the symbolism of this piece! Considerations of space actually do restrain me here - email us if you're curious. Other stones also fit the chakras - there is so much information! The piece on the right has 14kt gold elements; it can of course be totally made out of 14kt gold.
Large: $190 Code:253 (62X29mm or 2.4"X1.1")
Extra Large: $240 Code:369 (82X38mm or 3.2"X1.5")
Large: $290 Code:253au14 (62X29mm or 2.4"X1.1")
Extra Large: $390 Code:369au14 (82X38mm or 3.2"X1.5")
According to a chakra based therapist: a chakra is believed to be a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy. The word 'chakra' literally translates as wheel or disk and refers to a spinning sphere of bioenergetic activity emanating from the major nerve ganglia branching forward from the spinal column. Generally, six of these wheels are described, stacked in a column of energy that spans from the base of the spine to the middle of the forehead. The seventh is beyond the physical region.
This 18kt gold and sterling silver variant of the chakra has a slight design change in the wings and larger, 5 mm stones are used than in the two prior versions. The stones here are amethyst. sapphire, turquoise, peridot, carnelian, garnet, and ruby. Email us for more details. Naturally, the all silver chakra and the silver and 14kt chakra can be made with wings up and/or larger stones too.
Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese name consisting of 2 words 'Rei' and 'Ki' meaning "spiritually guided life energy" or Universal Life Energy. Reiki uses this energy for spiritual healing by channeling it through the practitioner to the recipient. Reiki helps to harmonize body, mind and spirit. Anybody can become a Master through initiation.
The Choku Rei is Reiki's main symbol as it represents that Universal Life Energy. The horizontal line represents the Reiki source. The vertical line symbolizes the energy flow, and the spiral that touches the middle line seven times represents the seven chakras. We made this piece 3" tall (!) for a customer when he attained his Master's level.
Small: $50 Code:260 (24X16mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $60 Code:261 (32X21mm 1.3"X0.8")
Large: $80 Code:262 (42X28mm or 1.7"X1.1")
Small: $200 Code:260au (24X16mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $320 Code:261au (32X21mm 1.3"X0.8")
Large: $510 Code:262au (42X28mm or 1.7"X1.1")
A customer asked if we could put a stone in the center of the Choku Rei and we said 'Of Course!' He didn't say why he wanted it but the piece looked so beautiful with a stone (and so powerful) that we decided to post it. You can have any stone you want. Email us for those options - this is a verneuil ruby on the left in the silver reiki symbol and an emerald in the pendant on the right. Prices are for a more modest stone than an emerald; modest but beautiful!
Small: $60 Code:260s (24X16mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $75 Code:261s (32X21mm 1.3"X0.8")
Large: $100 Code:262s (42X28mm or 1.7"X1.1")
Small: $230 Code:260aus (24X16mm or 0.9"X0.6")
Medium: $365 Code:261aus (32X21mm 1.3"X0.8")
Large: $565 Code:262aust (42X28mm or 1.7"X1.1")
Ganesh - the son of Parvati and Siva is the remover of obstacles, the Lord of Wisdom and Art and the slayer of demons. He is worshipped today by millions of devotees both Buddhist and Hindu and is especially loved by merchants due to his ability to increase prosperity. Ganesh likes flowers, candy and sandalwood incense. His mantra is "OM GANAPATHI NAMAHAH" repeated 3 times.
This version has a large faceted tourmaline in his forehead and a small emerald in his crown but he is available without stones too - email us for prices! He always has real gold hoop earrings though - he won't let us make him without them!
This is a mandala sacred to the feminine in all her aspects with a triangle (the yoni) for woman as creator; a lotus for woman as preserver and a circle (the void) for woman as destroyer (mother night.) There are four phases of the moon at each corner for more feminine energy; a spirit center stone( moonstone) and the elemental stones of earth, air, fire and water at each directional gate: at north (amethyst/air), east (sapphire/water), south (garnet/fire) and west (emerald/earth). You can have any stones you choose. This beautiful piece is also available with just a single center stone. Email us about that.
This is a representation of Kali in her more light and harmoious form and reflects her hidden nature as Maya (Illusion). We can also make this piece as Kali in her black/dark form with Kali as the representive of the disintegrative force in nature. Kali is black but her other traditional colours (red, yellow, green and white) could be used in the yantra. Email us about this striking form!
As lingams are the male force, yonis are the female force which lucky males are given access to, not just for a moment of orgasm but, as the female power is inherent, to 'plug in' and receive essential magick only available from women. The ancient Vedas contain the word yoni in various contexts with the original meaning of yoni as "Divine Passage". A child was considered to be born from a yoni of stars - constellations that prevailed during the child's birth. Goddess yoni figures, or murti, are always depicted nude and displaying her vulva or yoni. These are not birthing figures but divine bliss images of veneration. In most Hindu temples in the west a ligham or phallus of Shiva is situated in the vulva enclosure which is a yoni.
The garnet in the silver piece represents the seat of yoni power and is the focus of the goddess creative spirit. Any goddess stone can be used in the yoni. An emerald is in the 14kt gold version on the right but the prices are for a garnet as I can't get emeralds big enough for any size but the small. Email us for other options
Small: $60 Code:409s (23X12mm or 0.9"X0.5")
Medium: $75 Code:861s (31X16mm or 1.2"X0.6")
Large: $100 Code:407s (41X21mm or 1.6"X0.8")
Small: $285 Code:409aus (23X12mm or 0.9"X0.5")
Medium: $455 Code:861aus (31X16mm or 1.2"X0.6")
Large: $705 Code:407aus (41X21mm or 1.6"X0.8")
This symbol, also known as the World Triad, 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 interlocked flames resembling tadpoles. The most common tomoe emblem has three flames (triple, or 'mitsu' tomoe). Originally an oriental symbol, it was adopted by western Gnostics as an emblem of cosmic creativity, the threefold nature of reality or fate, and the eternally spiraling cycles of time. Like the yin yang it also represents eternity. A 'mon' or crest comprised of three teardrop or comma shapes - symbolising yIn, yang and mu (No-thing-ness), the mizu tomoe also represents the interrelationship between Heaven, Earth and Mankind.
This is one of our forever most popular pieces as it is so powerful and dynamic!
Small: $50 Code:044 (20X20mm or 0.8" diameter)
Medium: 60 Code:004 (27X27mm or 1.1" diameter)
Large: $80 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)
Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu is a system of traditional Nihon Jujutsu and a recognized branch of Hakko-ryu Jujutsu that was established by Colonel Roy J. Hobbs in 1997. Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu traces its roots back through Kokodo Jujutsu and Hakko-ryu Jujutsu to Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu, a highly sophisticated elaboration of earlier forms of Jujutsu, propagated throughout Japan by the legendary Takeda, Sokaku. As a system rooted in the Daito-ryu lineage, Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu employs technical precision, relaxation and the application of aiki (subtle methods of physical manipulation and mental disruption) to neutralize the power and force of an attack.
We have made four armed tomoe also, but the Dentokan, is by far the most dynamic! It spins - metaphorically speaking!
This popular Chinese symbol stands for a very important part of Chinese life - longevity. It is found on furniture, pottery, and other art from the Manchu period, which was a prolific period in art production. The shou is from the Chinese god of longevity Shou-la. It is a Taoist version of the written character for shou. It's circular form symbolizes the immortality of the Taoist heavens. So if this symbol looks familiar to you, it's because it's everywhere from Chinese restaurants on up (or down as the case may be).
The pendant is slightly domed. We have made it surrouded by five bats also - that's just so much good luck and long life it is overflowing! Email us to see that design.
The Japanese were introduced to Chinese characters in the 1st century. There was no written form of the Japanese language prior to that. Kanji - and other forms of calligrophy and writing - probably began in the 5th century. In modern Japanese, kanji are used to write parts of the language such as nouns, adjective stems and verb stems, while hiragana - another writing style - is used to write inflected verb and adjective endings, particles, native Japanese words, and words where the kanji are too difficult to read or remember. Katakana - yet another writing style - is used for representing onomatopoeia and non-Japanese loanwords. Aren't you glad you now know all that now?
We do two styles of kanji - engraved or incised and raised. Below are just a few of the many words or phrases that we can make. As always, any kanji that you see in silver can be done in gold and vice versa. Round or square or oblong; corners on or off; fancy bails or regular ones - we will do it all for you. $70 and $90 are the standard, all-silver prices, with more complicated words (like Have Faith) costing a bit more. And that fancy bail we sometimes use also adds an additional $20 - $25 but it is not a requirement. Email us with your kanji desire.
NOTE: We can now do small versions of many kanji (75% the size of the medium) for $70 in the $85 categoy! Email us for that until I have time to add them to this page. Thanx!
Medium: $205 Code:965(30X25mm or 1.2"X1.0")
Large: $290 Code:966 (40X33mm or 1.6" "X1.3")
Medium: $105 Code:965ss (30X30mm or 1.2" diameter)
Large: $140 Code:966ss (41X41mm or 1.6" diameter)
Medium: $230 Code:477 (32X20mm or 1.3"X0.8"")
Large: $340 Code:480 (43X27mm or 1.7"X1.1")
Kanji are ideograms, i.e. each character has its own meaning and corresponds to a word. By combining characters, more words can be created. For example, the combination of "electricity" with "car" means "train". There are several tens of thousands characters, of which 2000 to 3000 are required to understand newspapers. A set of 1945 characters has been officially declared as the "kanji for everyday use".
Medium: $85 Code:494 (30X19mm or 1.2"X0.7")
Large: $115 Code:496 (40X25mm or 1.6"X1.0")
Medium: $125 Code:486 (30X16mm or 1.2"X0.6")
Large: $150 Code:487 (40X22mm or 1.6"X0.9")
Medium: $105 Code:489 (30X19mm or 1.2"X0.7")
Large: $140 Code:490 (40X25mm or 1.6X1.0")
Of course kanji, especially for westerners is art. We find the form beautiful, even if we don't know what it means. This is kanji as calligraphy. 5,000 to 6,000 years ago it is said that a Chinese historiographer Ts'ang Chieh came across the idea of kanji as a symbol of expressing things in writing by gazing at foot prints of birds on a snow field. And we know for sure that the oldest kanji letters are the inscriptions on animal bones and tortoise carapaces that were introduced during the days of 22nd emperor of Shang (Yin) Dynasty( about 1700BC - about 1100BC). So if you have a particular style of kanji that you would like to see as jewelry, let us know. Mark will duplicate it for you in gold and/or silver.
NOTE: We can now do small versions of many kanji (75% the size of the medium) for $70 in the $85 category! Email us for that until I have time to add them to this page. Thanx!
Medium: $85 Code:491 (30X19mm or 1.2"X0.7")
Large: $115 Code:492 (40X25mm or 1.6"X1.0")
Medium: $85 Code:525 (30X19mm or 1.2"X0.7")
Large: $115 Code:526 (40X25mm or 1.6"X1.0")
Here are some more of our always expanding kanji symbols. We made two of the Kanji: Sisters in a smaller size than shown here for a pair of young sisters. Email us with yor favorite kanji phrase and have us turn it into jewelry.
NOTE: We can now do small versions of many kanji (75% the size of the medium) for $70 in the $85 category! Email us for that until I have time to add them to this page. Thanx!
Medium: $85 Code:413 (30X30mm or 1.2" diameter)
Large: $115 Code:414 (41X41mm or 1.6" diameter)
Medium: $240 Code:1143 (32X20mm or 1.3"X0.8"")
Large: $335 Code:1144 (43X27mm or 1.7"X1.1")
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 $500 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.
These customers wanted the kanji for the Chinese year that each of them were born repeated three times around these quite tall (10 mm) rings. Rings similar to this sell for $1200 each - less if shorter and without the rims.
Round symbols like the yin yang (Tai Chi) work very well as split-band rings or signet rings.
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 $1000 and up depending on the cost of the stones. Here is a larger side image of the ring.
This 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. 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.