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 I have recently been commissioned to make wrist malas using rose quartz. I love commissioned pieces, because I usually end up working with stones that I might not have purchased otherwise. Rose quartz happened to be one of those stones. I use citrine often. I'm drawn to it for its clarity and high vibration. 
 While I was in the gem shop I found out how to tell if a stone is dyed. Hold the stone to the light and look through, if there is darker veining in the stone, that's a telltale sign that it has been dyed. A natural stone will have consistent color throughout the stone. 
 The marker beads are an important part of my wrist malas. I don't use guru beads, so my wrist malas are what I would consider untraditional. I stumbled upon this 13mm citrine that I knew would work great as a marker beads in some of my pieces. I had two 8mm citrine beads laying about, so I happened to put this piece together.
 My pieces are usually 21 or 27 beads, including the marker bead. The two citrine beads fit perfectly into that count, so I knew it was meant to be. I often spend more time researching the stones themselves than the actual making of the pieces. 
 Through my study of this stone I began to realize the true beauty of this piece. Rose quartz inspires the love of beauty, in oneself and others, in nature, and especially that which stimulates the imagination - art, music and the written word. Citrine does not hold or accumulate negative energy, but rather transmutes, dissipates, and grounds it, making it extremely protective for the environment. It works out problems on both the physical and subtle levels, transforming negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones. (cited from crystal vaults)
 Putting these two stones together offers protection as you learn to love yourself, others, and all of creation, wholeheartedly. How beautiful is that? 

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