The History of Waist Beads

The history of waist beads dates to Ancient Africa.  Some may say they originated during the 15th century.  In those times, they were worn by women as a status symbol, as a symbol of sensuality, spirituality, protection, fertility and a sign that a woman had reached an age that was suitable for marriage or to track weight. Mothers would even tie waist beads on their babies during naming ceremonies.


Today, some of the reasons waist beads are worn are very similar to the reasons they were worn in ancient times.  Women wear then as a symbol of femininity, spirituality or tracking weight loss or gain.  It is believed that wearing multiple waist beads will help to keep the waist small.  Waist beads may roll up of break if you gain weight.  If you lose weight, they may roll down or possibly fall off.


Traditionally, waist beads are strung using cotton cord.  They may also be strung using materials such as elastic, upholstery thread or other string materials.  Charms or bells may also be used as adornments.


Most waist beads are created with small glass, Czech, acrylic or gemstone beads.  When creating your waist beads, keep in mind the meanings of the colors or stones you will be using. Below are a few examples.  As always, we encourage you to do your research.



Green: prosperity, healing, fertility
Red: bravery, confidence
Blue: harmony, truth, insight
Purple: royalty, wisdom
Yellow: joy, awareness
Brown: earth, stability
White: light, purity
    Green Aventurine: luck, prosperity
    Lapis Lazuli: peace, insight
    Rose quartz: love, healing
    Onyx: strength, self control
    Hematite: calming, protection
    Amethyst: mental peace

    No matter what your reason is for wearing waist beads, you should be confident when wearing the.  It does not matter how big or small your waist is. 

    Love your body and love yourself!