The Tibetan mala were quite crafty with bronze, copper, tin and iron. Statues of their deities were meticulously molded from metal and stone. Mohras, handy representations of Lord Shiva, were (and are) very popular with Tibetans. These metal works are used during Tibetan festivals in reverence to the deities.
Temples exemplified Tibetan architecture and proved their command of metal and aesthetic. Most of these fantastic constructions are in the holy place of Himachal where the Lakshmi Narayan, Baijnath and Masrur Temples.
These sacred sanctuaries are so strongly influenced by the Buddhist tradition that Tibet may be the only country where religious paintings wallpaper the interior.
Tibetan jewelry is an extension of their mastery of metal. Large and round, made of beads and gold and silver, their jewelry repertoire ranges from necklaces, bracelets, anklets, hair décor and rings.? In these items they carry portable "holy vestments." Amulets are a common Tibetan accessory to ward off evil and to bring forth the good spirit. Pendants are also deity-inspired and adorned with turquoise, corals and pearls.
For ancient Tibetans, especially those who are higher in class, religion drove their life. Religious interests complemented by expensive jewelry is a status symbol reserved only for those who could afford it. In fact, they believed that such jewelry brought them closer to the gods—bringing them better, stronger energy.
Corals are delicate gems and should be taken proper care of. To clean Coral jewelry, wipe it gently with a moist soft cloth, as Coral is much softer than other gem materials with a hardness of only 3.5. As a result it should be stored carefully to avoid scratches. Coral is also porous so care should be taken to see that coral jewelry does not come in contact with any chemicals.
Precious coral jewelry is the oldest form of gemstone jewelry with pieces as old as 25,000 years in museums. It predates the later use of pearls. Each coral gemstone color has its own distinct quality. Black coral is exotic and dramatic and has long been considered to guard against misfortune. Pink coral is delicate and is said to bring good health. Red coral is best described as rich and romantic and can never go out of fashion.