Our Origin Story

What’s a Mala to Us?

We are sensory seekers, curious creatures, and magic makers. We deeply desire meaningful moments but are often fearful how they will come. Will they arrive through joy and celebrated experiences or tragedy and incomprehensible heartbreak? The fate of our lives is left to the divine, but how we invest our time inspires the stories told about what every little moment means.

A Mala is a mindfulness tool that facilitates the creation of intention, the investment of accountability, and the moments of gratitude that leave the body and mind feeling exceptional.

Aesculus The Buckeye Mala® originated from a desire to live a more fulfilled life and a need to be reminded what it takes to achieve it. We knew what it meant to dream big, but wanted something tangible to guide us through the small moments required to bring it to life. We trusted in the simplest act of comfort to tell us what we needed to create: a hand to the heart, fingertips to the chest, the neckline is a space seldom remembered as the centrality of our life, our breathing, and our existing.

Aesculus The Buckeye Mala® is the extraordinary, exquisite, and timeless necklace that sits upon the open space of our neckline to remind us what we are living for and to energize us to evolve evermore.

CEO, Designer, & Artisan

CEO & Designer, Devika Lynn Carr, Esq., believes seeking inspiration, not happiness, leads to achieving lifelong fulfillment. Raising 4 exceptional children, including one neurodiverent, she is constantly looking for creative ways to celebrate every person’s exceptionalities, choosing to tell inspirational stories about every moment’s meaning. She completed her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, double-majoring in criminology and sociology while competing nationally as a collegiate cheerleader for The All-Girl Competitive Cheerleading Team. She is also a two-time graduate of Nova Southeastern University, with a master’s degree in criminal justice and legal perspectives and a juris doctorate of law degree. Her range of roles in service to self and others includes being a wife, mother, artist, writer, lawyer, and Law and Society Scholars Program Manager/Pre-Law Advisor for first and second-year undergraduate students at Ohio State.

Naming Aesculus The Buckeye Mala®

"Aesculus glabra" is the scientific name for a tree species known as Ohio Buckeye. As the chosen "guru bead" in our design, the buckeye nut serves the greater purpose of reminding wearers to mindfully observe levels of diversity experienced by all, and how humanity is best served through awareness, understanding, and acceptance. Aesculus The Buckeye Mala® serves as a reminder of how deep connections lead to beautiful memories that were once only possibilities desired to be achieved.

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