I am blessed to have a really lovely set of in-laws, who are super sweet, funny, and stylish AF. I met them last Thanksgiving dinner when Bear and I first started dating, and they welcomed me so warmly into their home. Since then, we’ve gathered to celebrate at holidays and birthdays, which has been a real treat.

sufey mala crystal jewelry

Making this family set brought me such joy — it’s always a pleasure to think out-of-the-box and create something I haven’t ever before! I went for an elegant, minimalistic look with these pieces, to reflect the Kodor family’s classy aesthetic, while keeping the spiritual intentions behind each piece.



⬩ a masculine stone of wealth, abundance, and manifestation
⬩ enhances strength, discipline and vitality through difficult times
⬩  protects and shields the wearer from negative energy


⬩ a powerful stone of intuition and illumination
⬩ receives unconditional love from the spiritual plane
⬩ releases all past emotions and embodies a deep contentment

⬩ a symbol of wisdom, healing and self-nurturing
⬩ the beauty that comes through overcoming life’s challenges
⬩ a stone of fresh starts and new beginnings, welcoming true love


⬩ known as “the guardian angel” for emotional healing
⬩ offers the wisdom of perspective and clear thinking
⬩ energizes the soul and uncovers the root of all pain

PEARL (see above)


⬩ a crystal of warmth, play, and personal power
⬩ inspires interdependence instead of co-dependancy
⬩ invites a sunny disposition and childlike optimism

⬩ a crystal of intuition, protection, and femininity
⬩ promotes gentleness and nurturance to oneself
⬩  opens the heart to receiving love

⬩ a stone of beauty, self-love, and deep healing
⬩ honours a great love of beauty, within oneself and others

⬩  inspires deep compassion and grace


⬩ a stone of comfort, protection, and hope
⬩ balances spiritual, physical, mental and emotional energies

⬩  promotes inner stability, maturity and wisdom

To see more malas, connect with me on Facebook and Instagram (@sufeyart).
Made-to-order malas and new pieces are also available on Etsy!

sufey mala crystal jewelry




Created for a beautiful mother of three, this mala was crafted with the intention to encourage harmonious balance, truthful reflection, and inner peace. I called upon the gentle strength of the sea as my muse for this mala: the way she may roar at the surface, while finding calm breaths deep beneath. With the lighthearted beauty of a mermaid and the depth of old ocean, these crystals pair together to honour the sacred feminine: a deep love for oneself, a wholehearted trust of what is, a nourished, nurturing intuition, and a childlike joy.

In each moment of crafting this mala, I invited in an extra breath. I took slow pauses whenever I felt called to, relishing the feeling of each crystal stone in my hand. With each breath, I gave thanks for the sweetness of this gift — for the chi in the air that gives me life, that nourishes my spirit, my soul, my body. May all beings recognize the gentle beauty of the moment. May all beings take ample time to breathe. May all beings know peace in their minds and happiness in their hearts. ♥

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

⬩ a stone of truth and courage, inspiring one to firmly live their intentions
⬩ supports sacred communication, both with oneself and within relationship
⬩ soothes and calms the mind, encouraging emotional balance
⬩ increases self-love and ability to care for oneself

 a stone of feminine intuition, protection and divine love 
⬩ opens the heart to compassion, patience, and nurturing (self and others)
⬩ enhances self-acceptance and self-expression, in the most tender form

⬩ a stone of deep trust, truth, and gentle surrender
⬩ inspires a playful, youthful, and happy attitude
⬩ balances and clears old emotional patterns
⬩ a powerful guide for meditation and inner soul reflection



When I learned about Ren’s shamanic meditation practice, illuminated with visions of the animal kingdom, a powerful, primal mala appeared in my mind. Something fit for a shaman — a warrior of the light. When I held these heavy crystals in my hand, I felt an immediate rush of power. A grounding, righteous power. The kind that all humans need to fully actualize into their most authentic, creative, abundant selves.

I beaded this in silent meditation, feeling into the weight and the depth of each bead. In my mind, I visualized the strength of the beast – the raw, pure and animalistic nature we are all birthed from. As I beaded this, I imagined every living being re-connecting to the power of their roots. Free of guilt, shame, and fear. May all beings be liberated. Awakened. And deeply loved in their most natural form. ♥

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

⬩ a symbol of power and nobility
⬩ activates and enhances masculine virility
⬩ a call to righteous battle — ultimately, the battle within

 an ancient talisman of protection, abundance and righteous power
 a stone of strength in balance — bringing clarity to a world beyond duality
⬩ enhances clarity and creativity in achieving one’s vision
⬩ increases discipline, willpower, and confidence

⬩ a grounding force to re-connect one with their roots
⬩ known as the most powerful ‘magical’ wood for spiritual growth
⬩ historically used in the making of amulets + the handles of samurai swords 


“You’ve got to check out Palo Santo.” said all the yogis I met, as soon as I came to Philly.
“They’re a bhakti studio. Your kind of people. You would absolutely love it there.” 

I was first introduced to Rachel and Daniel (the most radiantly beautiful couple) by means of a mutual friend on Instagram. Daniel was the first studio owner I had tea with in Philly, and I instantly dug his vibe. We talked about yoga, our beloveds, our teachers, our journeys, and all the things we were creating in our lives. He spoke so dearly of his sweetheart, Rachel, that I knew I had to meet her soon. They are a shakti couple — a power couple — to the fullest. He runs a truly vibrant yoga studio (with the most amazingly creative bhakti offerings), and she the stunning apothecary next door. As soon as I walk into those doors, I feel their loving energy pulsing through me.

This is why I was extra happy to design this mini line of malas for Palo Santo Wellness Apothecary (to be sold in their gorgeous space at 1707 East Passyunk Ave). The raw kyanite crystals are from their shop (so many of my crystals are from their shop!), and they informed the design of these precious pieces.

Made of kyanite, moonstone, lapis lazuli, sunstone, and labradorite, each mala carries it’s own unique power. I chanted numerous spontaneous mantras while creating these pieces – prayers to the teacher, the child, the lover, the healer, the earth, the moon, the mother. May we see our Divine Self in the faces of All.

⬩ made of kyanite + moonstone + lapis lazuli
⬩ inspires faith, hope and resonant communication
⬩  enhances intuition, clarity of speech, truth and wisdom
⬩ brings gentleness and composure in leadership roles

⬩ made of kyanite + moonstone + sunstone
⬩ attracts a balance of tranquility and vitality
⬩ invites a sunny disposition and childlike optimism

⬩  pairs mama moon’s intuition with father sun’s warmth

⬩ made of kyanite + labradorite + moonstone
⬩ softens the transition in moving between worlds
⬩ open to psychic powers, clairvoyance, synchronicities
⬩ returns one to self-love and radical self-expression

To purchase any of the Palo Santo Line, please visit Palo Santo Wellness Apothecary at 1707 East Passyunk Ave.
To see more malas, connect with me on Facebook and Instagram (@sufeyart).
Made-to-order malas and new pieces are also available on Etsy!




I’ve been obsessed with mama moon since I was a child. She was my sanctuary, my prayer-haven, my confidant, my friend. There was a time in my life (not long ago) when I would walk, alone, barefoot, for miles and miles, down windy roads, in the middle of the night, to bathe in the light of the moon. There was something so honest about the way she shone. She was never afraid of speaking her truth.

Look at me, she would say. You are this too. You are this fullness. You are this light. You, my child, were born to shine. 

Whenever I am alone, I know I have the moon. Whenever I doubt myself, I remember how she shines. Taking what is light and reflecting it through the night. She knows herself intimately. Taking days to rest. Other days to rise. She knows she will wax, and she knows she will wane. That everything will change and nothing stays the same. And yet, she carries on, with elegance and grace, moving forward on her path with a strong and steady pace.

Intentionally crafted with Lapis Lazuli, Labradorite + the Sanskrit symbol of Vishuddha, this mala is a potent call to speak the holy truth. To unblock the throat chakra, with expressive and unfiltered speech. To wander, wide-eyed, into infinite creativity. To sing out the names of Love.


I am the truth that is burning to be said. I am the song that is ready to be heard. I am the poetry of this moment, the dance of the Divine, the music of the moon. I am fearless in my expression. Joyful in my creation. I am liberated. Wild. Ecstatic. Free. I am entirely, unabashedly me.

s a c r e d   s y m b o l s

⬩ revered throughout history as a symbol of wisdom and truth
⬩ an intellectual stone that yearns for knowledge and understanding
⬩ brings success in all forms of expression and communication

 a crystal of magic, intuition and divination
⬩ inspires introspection, contemplation, and clarity of thought
⬩ encourages joy and spontaneity, a lightness in one’s heart

VISHUDDHA (the throat chakra)
 vishuddha, meaning “purification”
⬩ lives at the centre of the throat
⬩ the colour blue, the element sound
⬩ governs creativity, speech, expression

You can purchase the one and only Moon Speaks Her Truth Mala here.
Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram (@sufeyart).

Custom malas are available on my Etsy store.
Special rates for multiple orders, along with friends and family!


This mala arrived on a day of spontaneous creativity, joy and action. I was perusing the gemstore, feeling a little bit down on myself. I was having a too much pregnant kind-of-day — a mopey, dopey, dismal day — and I felt an energy blockage in my solar plexus. I didn’t feel like moving or doing anything at all. Maybe I’ll just go home and be lazy, I thought to myself.

But as soon as that thought entered my head, these striking pieces caught my eye. I had passed by this primal naga conch pendant (with exquisite notes of turquoise, red and ivory) for several weeks now, but I had never picked it up before. I moved towards it gingerly and held it in my hand. It had the most beautiful OM symbol etched into it, and I felt the most joyous rush of desire. It was the only one of its kind, and I knew it would challenge me to step out-of-the-box.

You only make malas, my superego chirped up.
Don’t get ahead of yourself.
Put that piece down and go back to the tassles. 

But a rebellious note in me chimed back up that day.

No way! I huffed back. I love this piece — and I know it’ll come to life. 

So I sat myself down and gazed at this piece.
Who do you want to be with? I whispered to her.
Rudraksha. She said back to me. Rudraksha. 

I found the Rudraksha. But I knew this piece was different. It needed another pop. And I stumbled upon a strand of these stunning citrine beads. Tiny and delicate, yet so very powerful. I knew they would be perfect wire-wrapped in gold. Yes.

So I sat myself back down and my hands went to work. I was still in the store with others all around, so I chanted silently in my head. To Lakshmi. To Ganesha. To Surya. To myself. As I blessed each bead, I felt more powerful, more determined, more strong. The vitality flowed back into my body. And I felt this outrageous sort of joy, laughing into my belly. I was so excited to be making this, and I remembered, once again, that there are no mistakes in life. That Spirit is the ultimate trickster. And we are made to make, to give, to laugh.

Sufey Chen Art Mala Jewelry


I am mini. But I am mighty. I am the light of a thousand suns. I am driven. Passionate. Powerful. Successful. Nothing can stop me. Everything feeds me. I welcome failure as fuel for growth. I am the product of hard work, vitality, and righteous action. I stand from a place of love.

s a c r e d   s y m b o l s

⬩ known as “Shiva’s eye”, the all-seeing, all-knowing one
⬩ traditionally used as prayer beads for mantra and meditation
⬩ cocoons you in your own energy, helps to focus and discipline
⬩ carries the energy of mantras chanted as sacred protection

 one of the most powerful manifestation crystals
⬩ transmutes and grounds all negative energies
⬩ attracts happiness, prosperity and success
⬩ sparks creativity, productivity and imagination
⬩ well-loved by artists and successful entrepreneurs

 the infinite sound of all creation
⬩ symbolic of many sacred trios:
the beginning, the middle, the end;
the heaven, the earth, the underworld;
the waking, the dreaming, the dreamless
⬩ that which is beyond that which can be said 

⬩ a spiritual number of divine connection and inner wisdom
⬩ related to life purpose, leadership, benevolence, truth 

⬩ made of 1 and 8, a highly auspicious number in the Chinese tradition
(I would know – my mama used to obsess about our house numbers!)
18 is also the “number of life” in the Hebrew tradition, where gifts
are given in increments of eighteen for the blessings of a long life

⬩ symbolic of the sickle moon, the waxing moon
⬩ the new moon informs birthing and new beginnings
⬩ a perfect time to set fresh intentions for the journey ahead 

You can purchase the one and only Mini Manifestor Mala here.
Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram (@sufeyart).

Custom malas are available on my Etsy store.
Special rates for multiple orders, along with friends and family!


The making of this mala was a very special milestone for me, as it was my first custom order from a friend-to-be. Because we didn’t have a personal history together, I asked her to share her story with me. She sent me a heart-wrenching message that left me in tears — and even more ready to cheer her on. Her words radiated her fierceness, her resilience, and her determination to stand strong. And this mala came through as a reflection of her shakti (divine feminine power), and her ability to re-birth and rise.

She is a mama to the most precious one-year-old boy. A yogi. A nature-lover, too. Her heart is kind and vibrant and free. If we had landed in the same city, I’m sure we would be friends.

I made this mala to support Jamie in her journey, choosing each crystal with intention and care. Moss agate for new beginnings. Banded agate for strength. Chrysocolla for forgiveness. And turquoise for luck. With every bead I strung, I called upon my beloved Kuan Yin, the Divine Mother who knew compassion above all. Om Mani Padme Hum. May all beings find comfort, may all beings know peace. ♥

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

⬩ a stone of birthing and new beginnings
⬩ attracts abundance in wealth, friendships, and love
⬩ strengthens the body in times of illness and hardship
⬩ cleanses the body’s energy system and reduces pain
⬩ cherished by gardeners and nature-lovers, helps plants to grow

 a gentle, slow-but-steady healer that clears the subtle bodies
⬩ works on the root of deeper problems instead of symptoms 
⬩ provides strength, endurance and stamina, physically and emotionally

⬩ a crystal of calm and compassionate communication
 empowers the gentle energy of the Divine Feminine
⬩ releases guilt and heartache, opens the heart to love
⬩ inspires forgiveness, inner peace, and tranquility

⬩ a prized talisman of wisdom, serenity, and luck
⬩ attracts friendliness and kindness in self and others
⬩ dissolves self-sabotage and lifts one’s spirits
⬩ stabilizes and soothes the mind



Strong, diligent, and full of laughter, Vince and I first connected over our mutual love of movement. He taught me how to skateboard through Stanley Park (still my one and only time on the board, lol!) and we swung on bars under the sun. I remember being impressed at his dedication to his new construction business (especially the attention and care he put into his projects) – and we, both entrepreneurs, chatted all about business and life.

I made this mala to enhance a life of prosperity, clear action, and sustainable growth. As soon as I saw these raw tiger’s eye pieces, I knew I hit the jackpot. I found the pyrite centrepiece at a beloved yoga and wellness boutique of mine, and learned how to wire-wrap it that day. The making of this mala grew me in many ways – my first male-centered mala, an experiment in wire-wrapping, a re-affirmation of my investment into this craft. And it always delights me that, as I work with crystals I’ve chosen for others, I can’t help but be impacted myself.

This is the truth of our world. When we pour our heart into service of others, we can’t help but be filled ourselves. What we give to others comes back into our life, tenfold.

I chanted one of the oldest and most revered mantras while making this mala: the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, to Lord Shiva. A mantra that liberates us from the illusion of separation; one that binds us to and nourishes us from the Divine. May all beings receive the abundance that comes from clear-seeing. May we all know the power of the Unlimited One – of us, within us, through us.

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

⬩ a masculine stone of action, vitality and will
⬩ symbolic of the sun: stimulates warmth and self-generated wealth
⬩ a protective talisman to deflect negative energies and physical harm
⬩ enhances assertive leadership skills in the home and workplace

⬩ brings a balance of strength and flexibility
⬩ associated with the energies of expansion and growth
⬩ the most yang of all elements, symbolic of the growing phase

 inspires courage, integrity, and the right use of power
 known as a “warrior’s stone” and the “all-seeing eye”
⬩ carried by Roman soldiers to deflect weapons of war 
⬩ brings abundance and the clarity needed to maintain it


When I think of what it means to be “feminine”, the first word I think of is fierce. Because women, over the ages, have endured and risen through the most trying of times. Our bodies are designed to perform miraculous feats. We have the emotional capacity (and relentless desire) to heal ourselves and the world. Our hearts are touched by the suffering of others. More than anything, we care.

When I think of women I the women I most admire, they are the ones that have two feet firmly grounded on the earth, with wings reaching for the heavens above. The women work diligently with passion, devotion, and sobriety. Those that take compassionate action, with a generosity of spirit that comes only from being full within. This is the kind of woman Katie is.

The first mala I made for Katie was a sweet, delicate piece of rose quartz and moonstone – but when she told me the silk snapped upon arrival, a lightbulb went off in my head.

Maybe delicate isn’t what she needs – maybe what she needs is strong. 

They say your mala will break when you don’t need it anymore – it is the end of a cycle of your life. This is the best time to re-evaluate, set new intentions, and welcome in a new one. So as I re-designed a mala for Katie, I knew something else was calling. I struggled at first with what that meant. I experimented with bigger beads, gold frills, the works. But nothing felt quite right…

And then one morning, I woke up, and my hands pulled these gemstones together. Amethyst, jade, golden rutilated quartz. For spiritual sobriety. True seeing of the self. And active manifestation. I didn’t even know it was for Katie at the beginning. My hands just couldn’t stop. But as soon as I strung the last bead on, I felt instantly that it was hers.

The mala still kept its original delicacy, but this time, it was strung on a much sturdier substance. There were extra clasps at the end to keep it all together. And I knew it was the internal re-wiring that was the most important, just as in all matters of the heart.

I chanted to Lakshmi Ma through the making of this mala. She came so naturally, so beautifully. The devoted and beloved feminine, the giver of joy, wealth, and all blessings of the Universe. May all beings everywhere be abundant and free! ♥

Om Namo Lakshmi.
Om Namo Lakshmi. 
Om Namo Lakshmi.
Prema Devi Mata-ji. 

c r y s t a l   m e a n i n g s

⬩ a stone of calm wisdom and spiritual sobriety
⬩ soothing and faithful, one of nature’s best healers
⬩ inspires new creative ways of solving old problems
⬩ revered for its great beauty; the beauty of the highest truth

 a gentle, compassion-centered healer
⬩ aids in dreaming and ritualistic insights
⬩ encourages one to see themselves as they truly are
⬩ calls in friendship, abundance, strength, good luck
⬩ protects against intimidation and authoritative abuse

⬩ a powerful amplifier and manifestation stone
 highly psychic stone, becomes programmed with intentions
⬩ infuses your etheric body with power and divine light

Coco Cacao Balls!

When I was eighteen years old, living in a white adobe house in Southern New Mexico, I was obsessed with raw desserts (in other words: with art). We had a farmer’s co-op right down the street, and I would walk over every morning to pick out fresh fruits, veggies and raw nuts. I had a popular little food blog that I would update religiously, with a new experiment every night. I had roommates and classmates and yoga students as my taste-testers, and no one objected to free treats in class!

I haven’t made many raw desserts since. I lived in New Mexico for a full four months, the longest chunk of time I’ve spent anywhere since moving to Philadelphia. It was my first little kitchen, and, though temporary, a haven of creative energy for me. Making these little balls made me reflect on those days, and the delightful similarities of then and now. I was on university exchange at the time — studying art, film photography, theatre and dance; teaching yoga in the desert; blogging like crazy. It was a joyous time of creative expression and self-discovery. I wistfully dreamt about becoming a real artist. Maybe I could really do this all my life? But, after that semester, I returned to my medical studies (in between travelling for yoga) and put those thoughts aside…

I’ve been hungering since then for raw, physical making. The shaping and sculpting of wild messy materials, of the desires coiled up in my heart. As I ground and shaped these balls, I felt a very primal, childlike joy re-kindle in me. My inner artist is alive, and she is stronger and wiser than ever.


I hand-ground all my nuts in the tiniest mortar and pestle (🙄), so this took me waaaay longer than it really needs to take – BUT, now I know it’s possible without a food processor! lol! This dessert literally came out of blood, sweat and tears (I was crushing the nuts so hard that I banged my finger on the mortar and pestle and started to bleed, which made me cry…) but really, this is one of the simplest and most classic raw desserts that you’ll find on pretty much every raw foodie’s blog.

I love these balls because you really can’t go wrong – I’ve never made the same ones twice, and it’s a constant ongoing experiment of whatever’s in my cupboard. All you need is something sweet and sticky (dates, honey, etc) – and something rich and filling (I love pecans + macadamia nuts best!)


  • 1:1 ratio of dates to nuts. Seriously. So easy.
  • Whatever fun spices and additions you’d like!

(measurements totally approximate – most of it was mix and lick and taste and see! 

  • 8 fresh Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconuts + more for decor
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • glob of local honey from the hood
  • gogi berries


  1. Grind all nuts in a food processor (or, if you’re still living in ancient times like me, crush ’em by hand!)
  2. Un-pit (de-pit?) dates and chop in food processor (or use a knife and cut them into teeny weeny pieces)
  3. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and mix ‘er up!! (I love the feeling of squishing dough between my fingers, but you do you.)
  4. Once fully mixed, shape chunks of the big globby ball into cute little balls.
  5. Dip in shredded coconut (optional) because it’s pretty.
  6. Add gogi berry hearts! (totally not optional)
  7. Feed to someone you love! (most definitely not optional)

Enjoy, beloveds!! And a challenge for you: if you’re not already in the practice of artist’s dates, set aside one hour this week to do something purely creative, all by yourself. Cooking, painting, dancing, whatever – heck, it can be taking a walk in nature and creating a collage of sticks you find! May your heart be nourished and happy and full. Loving you always! ♥


Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings everywhere be happy and free,
May the thoughts, words and actions of my own life
Contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all

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