Custom made single strand waist beads made with turquoise glass seed beads, crystal beads, faux turquoise stones and, as a closure, a stainless steel lobster clasp.
When choosing your size, please think where you want to wear your beads. Some ladies like to wear them on their waist, while some like to wear them on their hips.
Please watch this video to help with getting the correct measurement for your waist beads
Please, by completing your order, leave a note with your measurements.
African waist beads were used to trade and even to pay for slaves,gold, property and other valuable items in Western African for many years. Ghana is pretty much attributed to be the bead production capital of the world. Some believe that they will help protect pregnant women or even provide birth control as did their ancestors many years ago.
In African tradition, waist beads are not for show, meant to be worn under clothing. But in the Western World it's certainly a form of personal expression and individual interpretation. They're for all women -- any body type, any race, any background. Women of all age, shapes and sizes can confidently adorn themselves with waist beads as well.
In Ghana women knew that waist beads helped form their body into a particular shape and adult women wear beads to sexually stimulate the male, as visual aphrodisiac. In other parts of West Africa, women would wear waist beads with bells on them, and when they walked it would make a jingling noise.
When you add stones, waist beads take on healing qualities. Depending on ailment or what needs to be enhanced (i.e. love, physic powers, balancing), various semi-precious stones can be included in the design of your waist beads.
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