In the spring of 2012, I was struck by back-to-back personal tragedies: I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer and my partner to suicide. While still reeling from these losses, a friend introduced me to beading and I soon discovered it was a way to stay centered and grounded during the long and tumultuous grieving process.

While learning this art, I used the materials and stones I was drawn to naturally only to find out later that the properties of the beads I connected with most were those of healing, grief, grounding and transformation. Cambia means change in Spanish, a language I spent many years studying. Working with these beads has changed me. Working with the stones so closely and so intensely allowed me to absorb their healing energies, and I took from them what I needed in order to transform my pain and loss into a new life direction. (Not to mention that the sheer act of repetitive stringing and knotting are soothingly meditative in themselves).

I do not consider myself a mala master. For me, designing malas has been an organic process of growth and healing: creating beauty from pain and finding treasure in tragedy. 

The sales of these malas and bracelets have helped sustain me during this time of personal loss. They represent my struggles and my joys. They represent my experience of being human. I now have the amazing fortune to spend my days doing what I love: creating beautiful malas that I hope help in the spiritual journey of others as they did for me. 

Follow me on Facebook at Clay Twombly Yoga, Intentional Jewelry, & Prayer Beads and on Instagram at ClayTwom. If you are interested in seeing my collection of one-of-a-kind strands, please email me at info@claytwombly.com.