From Mine to Store: Buddha Mama’s Bejeweled Buddha

Who knew? Some Buddhas lend themselves more readily to spectacular jewelry than others. For Nancy Badia, founder of the ­Buddha Mama line, Amitabha Buddha—who is always portrayed in religious imagery in Technicolor-bright hues—proved particularly alluring. “This piece was especially fun to do,” she says, “because we could incorporate enamel and vibrant colored stones.” Amitabha “is seen a lot throughout Buddhism,” explains the Miami-based designer, who debuted the jewelry collection in 2008 and has been a practicing Buddhist for over two decades. The sanguine Amitabha is “one of the main Buddhas in the Lotus family. His name translates to ‘infinite light.’ He represents love and compassion. Also, he just makes us happy.”Symbol PlayerThe bejeweled Buddha—which is on sale for $39,000 through Buddha Mama Jewelry—is part of the brand’s Auspicious collection, wh

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