African Waist Beads are a symbol of culture, beauty, femininity, sensuality, protection and wealth. Typically only the partner a woman chooses would have the honor of seeing them fully and are worn as a right of passage . The bright colors of beads and stones have various meanings and are used to take on healing or rejuvenation qualities. Waist beads can also be used as a form of weight management. When gaining weight the belt of the beads climb up and when you lose weight , they drop elegantly hugging the hips.