Hello precious world
I am Elif and it is a joy to share my inspiration by making spiritual jewellery with precious gemstones. In Sufi mysticism my name Elif (Alpha/Aleph), is described as "Oneness". It represents the creation of something from nothing, a “something” that cannot be divided. My wish is to elevate your spiritual journey with my handmade Aria Mala beads.
Istanbul – the city where I was born and raised – has had an important role in my journey. My work takes inspiration from this mesmerising city, a symbiosis of ancient and modern cultures melding over 3,000 years. The connection between cultures has been a theme throughout my life. As a child, I dreamt of bringing about greater understanding between nations as a diplomat, and went on to study international relations. Recently I continued my international journey by moving to Berlin, at the heart of Europe. Throughout my career and involvement in civil society, I have always felt called to find “Oneness” between people and cultures.
My transition from political scientist to Kundalini Yoga teacher and mala-maker was triggered by my own spiritual awakening through Kundalini yoga. Through this practice I cultivated a closer connection to my inner self through meditation, chanting and yoga. The more I tuned into my inner voice, the louder I heard the call to express my creativity.
The desire to make spiritual, yogic jewellery came as a natural extension of mantra meditation. I started out by using a japa mala and observed how my practice benefited immensely from its transformative energy. Later, I discovered the colourful beauty of gemstone malas and started making them to share with friends and family.
The birth of Aria Mala Atelier…
"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy". Rumi
Inspired to dig deeper into my creativity, I studied with a master goldsmith in Istanbul. As I learnt more about the true healing qualities of gemstones, my approach to crafting malas deepened. Today, I hand-source all of the precious and semi-precious stones I use exclusively from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. All of my pieces are crafted as one-of-a-kind soulful items to help you set your intention for meditation and connect to your inner voice in everyday life.
It is my privilege to support you in your spiritual practice and I hope you’ll find the perfect Aria Mala to accompany you on your journey.