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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 climbs up and when you lose weight, they drop elegantly hugging the hips.
Black beads means power, protection, silence, and elimination.