Surf’s Up: Our Collaboration with Bloomingdale’s and Surfer’s Healing

We designed two pieces to be sold exclusively in Bloomingdale’s stores throughout the month of April as part of a partnership with Surfer’s Healing. The organization was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz after they saw the calming effects the ocean had on their autistic son, Isaiah. They now run surf camps throughout the country, aimed at helping other autistic children and their families.

Malas designed to benefit Surfer's Healing.

Malas designed to benefit Surfer’s Healing.

This year, Bloomingdale’s is hosting pop-up shops in 10 of its stores throughout New York and California, with designers like Jack Spade, Hurley, Threads for Thought and Loomstate creating pieces just for Surfer’s Healing.

We designed two necklaces – a dumortierite and matte black onyx mala, and a surfer-chic sterling silver wave pendant, with 10% of the proceeds directly benefiting Surfer’s Healing.

Some of the looks at the Surfer's Healing pop up shop at Bloomingdale's in NYC.

Some of the looks at the Surfer’s Healing pop up shop at Bloomingdale’s in NYC.

We were so excited about the partnership (and also so excited for surf-weather to finally be here), that we even designed exclusive packaging for the pieces. How much do you love the surfboard cutout and wood grain?

A California-cool look styled with our mala, and our exclusive surf-inspired packaging.

A California-cool look styled with our mala, and our exclusive surf-inspired packaging.

Planting the Seed: The Rudraksha Mala

Any Satya fan knows that malas are an integral part of any Satya Jewelry collection. The mala is a traditional Buddhist tool of prayer, featuring 108 beads on which to meditate. Most malas consist of beads strung together on hand-knotted silk, with a tassel at the end. Our Seeds of Change Mala stands apart because of its origins as seeds of the rudraksha tree, adding a natural element to our collection.

Satya Jewelry's Seeds of Change Mala

Satya Jewelry’s Seeds of Change Mala

The rudraksha tree is an evergreen native to areas in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Its seeds can have many faces, each number having a different symbolism. The most common seeds have five faces, symbolic of the five faces of Shiva, whose tears are said to have grown into the tree.

A rudraksha tree

A rudraksha tree

Seeds after the blue shell has been shed. Ready for jewelry! Photo credit: kauaibotanicalgardens.com

Seeds after the blue shell has been shed. Ready for jewelry! Photo credit: kauaibotanicalgardens.com

Rudraksha seeds have long been used in Ayurvedic healing to decrease stress and encourage a sense of balance in the body. This is contributed to a unique electromagnetic field in each seed, which acts similarly to a magnet in balancing the poles of the heart and brain. A recent study by the Indian Institute of Technology verified these properties, and the seeds are becoming more popular to wear as a functional piece of jewelry!

A fun fact: Pratima Day Spa in New York City has a dedicated rudraksha room – for $65, you can relax in a room draped in rudraksha seeds, which are said to carry an electromagnetic field that calms all aspects of one’s being.

The Rudraksha Room at Pratima Day Spa in NYC

The Rudraksha Room at Pratima Day Spa in NYC
Photo via Pratima Day Spa

Would you wear a rudraksha mala?

Spotlight On: Diamond Jewelry

April birthdays sure are lucky, with the diamond as their birthstone! In addition to being a girl’s best friend, diamonds are a symbol of clarity, abundance and power.

You don’t have to be invited to a black tie gala to wear add some diamond sparkle into your wardrobe. Even the simplest of diamond styles should inspire you to see things a little more clearly, and make decisions with confidence.

Check out our favorite diamond styles (with some under $50) below.

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Our Born to Be birthstone collection is a go-to for gifts, since each piece is meant to inspire the wearer to embody the characteristics of their birthstone whenever they wear it! Born to Be Birthstone Necklace, $48

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The perfect everyday necklace with a hint of sparkle, we love this diamond version of our protective eye necklace. Kind Eye Necklace, $178

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For the ultimate April birthday gift, our regal citrine and diamond dangle earrings will have anyone feeling like a queen.  Sunny Splendor Earrings, $1028