Waist beads are a traditional African accessory that consist of small glass beads on a string or wire worn around the waist or hips. In Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and other West African countries, waist beads are a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being. African waist beads were made popular by the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. These beads have been noted to have been worn as early as the 15th century for many purposes such as rites of passage and as a status symbol. Traditional waist beads are meant to be worn until they break or fall off. Our waist beads are created with Czech seed beads semi-precious stone chips and high impact wire. They feature a fat barrel clasp which allows for easy removal of the waist beads without damage. The sizes range from 32" to 50". The wiring material is not elastic therefore it will not stretch. Please be sure to order a size that is appropriate for your body type.