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Need it There by Christmas?

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Need last minute gifts?  Need them to arrive before Christmas?  Look no further.

Shop now through Sunday, December 19th at midnight and use the coupon code below.

You will receive Free 2-Day Express shipping on us.  It is our gift to you.

Offer applies to the USA only, no PO BOXES. Coupon must be entered at time of checkout.

Orders Ship Monday and should arrive Wednesday!

Merry Christmas!


Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Saturday, November 20th, 2021

The Holidays are coming, the Holidays are coming….don’t wait until the Holidays are here. Christmas is just 35 days away. Next week is Thanksgiving and that tends to be the day people really start thinking about gifts to buy, Holiday parties, gatherings and more. If you plan to ship gifts to someone, it is better to be early than late. Carriers see huge surges in package volume at this time of year. Combine that with labor shortages, more traffic on the roads and the inevitable winter weather and deliveries can become dicey.

If you are looking for something unique for a loved one, family member or friend, look no further. Here are our best suggestions.


Being an online dealer of Japanese robes for 27 years might make us a bit biased, but we know from personal experience the joy of seeing someone open a package and find a Japanese Kimono. The style, patterns and symbolism intrigue the recipient. After putting on the robe, there is look of grandeur, a sense of Japanese culture and the comfort of the 100% cotton fabric.

Kimono and Yukata are our favorite loungewear. Slip one on after a day at work or after a shower and discover what makes people smile. Besides lounging at home, kimono are suitable for special events, parties and ceremonies. Wear one for Halloween and enjoy at home the rest of the year.


Happi Coats are short length kimono and very popular. Depending on your height, these short robes fall just above or below the knees. These robes are perfect for those who want to be relaxed but covered. If you’re not a fan of long robes and don’t like wearing something heavy and bulky, these are for you. Kimono are breathable, super comfortable and popular because they combine fashion trends with tradition.


Tabi socks are also called split-toe socks because the big toe is separated from the rest of the toes. Tabi are great to wear with your Kimono or Yukata, especially when lounging at home. They are breathable and keep your toes comfortable, dry and warm. These kimono socks come in a variety of colors and prints and can also be worn with other outfits.


Do you know someone that meditates or wants to meditate? If so, a mala bead necklace is the gift choice for you. Dating back thousands of years in the Buddhist tradition, these beaded necklaces and bracelets can be used for counting mantras and prayers or worn as meaningful jewelry. Mala are available in many colors and related symbolic and spiritual healing meanings. Beads are made of precious and semi-precious stones, gems, minerals, seeds, woods and metals. A specific color and bead can be chosen based on the persons needs or wants. Chopa offers a free mala bag with every necklace or bracelet purchased to safely store and protect your beads.

There you have it. Our Holiday Gift Guide in condensed form. To see our entire collection of quality Japanese Kimono, Yukata, Happi Coats and mala meditation beads, visit our online store at While you are there, check out our sale on Nature Inspired Jewelry. These beautiful necklaces, pendants and earrings are 25% off for a limited time, just in time for Holiday Gift giving. Make someone happy and put a little extra cash in your pocket for yourself.

Everyone at Chopa wishes you and yours Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. While 2021 is almost over, let’s celebrate what we accomplished and look forward to a new year. Reach for the stars. Now Get Your Kimono On!

              Happi Coats Make you Happy!

What is a Shamballa Bracelet?

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

What is a Shamballa Bracelet?

Shamballa bracelets are a type of bracelet symbolic to Buddhist tradition. It represents the eternal cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Also known as the Buddhist prayer bead, the bracelets were created by Tibetan monks to help them meditate. They are often made from beads and cord with two tassels representing the presence of something divine in this world. Shamballa bracelets became popular in the United States during the 1960s. They were originally created by Englishman, Thomas Wilson who wore one after he visited Tibet in 1920.

This unique jewelry is making waves in the fashion industry. Nowadays, bracelets are worn by men and women for its classic design, yet simple and bold look. What sets it apart from other traditional bracelets is that there’s no clasp. Instead, they’re held together with adjustable slip knots which gives it an added touch of style.

Origins of the Shamballa Bracelet

The name Shamballa is derived from the Buddhist term for “shamatha,” which translates to “peace.”  Shamballa is considered to be a mystical land that exists on earth when we achieve enlightenment. These bracelets were often given as gifts in different cultures, such as India and Tibet. Decorated with beads in many different styles and colors with their own rich history behind them. The bracelets come in different shapes including hearts, diamonds, lotus flowers, stars and circles among others.

Some believe that wearing the bracelets bring them good luck and fortune. People wear these bracelets for many reasons including fashion, spirituality or as a reminder of their heritage. Although there are other types of jewelry you can wear, nothing makes quite the same statement like a Shamballa bracelet does. They hold special significance to those who wear them. They are considered a reminder to be mindful of the things that make them happy. People might reflect on places they have been, situations they overcame, goals they achieved, progress on life or a celebration of accomplishments reached.

Meanings of the Shamballa

The charm behind the bracelet is that it has no beginning or end. It represents the eternal knot which symbolizes strength and harmony. It signifies that it never stops flowing – just like the eternal flow of energy in our universe.  Additionally, when two people wear a pair of these bracelets they are connected energetically. The wearer’s mind becomes more concentrated on their partner while they are apart. If one person wears both bracelets, they feel safer because they still have their love with them at all times.

There are many ways to wear Shamballa bracelets – on your wrist, as an anklet or as an arm band. Some wear it strung on a chain and use it for meditation purposes while away from home. You can also use it as a decoration by hanging it up in your home or office space. This is believed to add some much-needed energy and vibrancy to any environment.

Where to Buy?

Now that you are all set to enter the world of Shamballa bracelets, it is time to find one for yourself. Where can you get your own? Check out the selection at  Chopa is a provider of quality Shamballa bracelets, mala bead necklaces and wrist mala since 1994.  Shop in their online store.  They offer fast shipping and include a free pouch with each purchase to protect and store your beads when not in use. Use coupon code Shamballa10 to receive 10% off your order. This is valid for a limited time, so shop early…. ….

These meaningful bracelets make great gifts to give someone, or why not treat yourself.

turquoise Shamballa bracelet

Turquoise Shamballa Bracelet

Let Go of the Small Stuff – Focus on the Good Around You.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

We just introduced our newest Mala Beads to our online store.  The Moss Agate Mala Necklace is now available for immediate shipping. This beautiful necklace is hand strung with smooth, polished 8mm natural beads. The necklace measures 36″ in circumference and holds 108 mala beads, a 10mm guru bead and is tied with an Endless Knot.  The Endless Knot is symbolic of wisdom and the ultimate unity of everything.  Two complimenting danglers each strung with three beads complete the necklace.

A mala bead necklace can be used in a variety of ways. Some use them for meditation practice, holding the necklace over your palm with the  beads between your thumb and forefinger. As you pass each bead through the fingers, you recite a mantra. By using this meditation technique, you avoid having to count the beads and this helps keep the mind clear and focused on reciting the mantra.

Others wear the beads around their wrists as a bracelet. Since they are strung on a nylon stretchable cord, it can be wrapped around your wrist several times producing a stylish and eye-catching piece of jewelry. Of course, since it is a necklace you can adorn yourself with a gorgeous necklace on your neck, which goes well with most everything.

Moss Agate is not truly from the agate family, but rather chalcedony. It contains a dendritic or branch-like structure inside the stone of chrome, manganese and sometimes iron. This structure produces an alluring combination of light and dark shades of green with delicate hints of blues, blacks, grays and whites. Moss agate is mined mostly in India, and is commonly used in decorative arts and jewelry.

This stone is highly regarded among health and wellness practitioners as a healing tool. This gorgeous stone is believed to bring harmony and clarity to your world, producing confidence and protecting against stress. It encourages grounding and reminds us to let go of the small stuff and focus on all that is good around us. This allows the energy of love to flow freely and to attract the love that you need.

Chopa offers fast shipping and includes a free mala bag to store and protect your beads. As a reminder it is never to early to shop for Christmas. Many insiders and retail experts predict possible shortages this year. We have been working hard to obtain adequate supplies of mala beads and our specialty, Japanese Kimono and Yukata robes. We receive many notes throughout the year from customers that discovered kimonos make wonderful meditation robes. The warmth of the cotton robe helps maintain heat, keeping the body at a steady temperature and providing clarity and focus on the meditation session.

This Moss Agate Mala Necklace is ready to ship. Whether you purchase one for yourself or a gift recipient, everyone will be pleased. Mala beads are what we call “meaningful jewelry” and “gifts with a purpose.” It is something that can be used on a regular basis if meditating and will remind the recipient of you every time it is worn.  This is the last and only shipment of these beads we will receive this year.


        Moss Agate Mala Necklace