Welcome to the Eloquent Success Beaded Jewels online store! My name is Monica and I am the founder of Eloquent Success Beaded Jewels. I work in health care and was gifted a pair of waist beads from Africa. I remember being so excited, all the beads were so beautiful with yellow, clear, and gold glass beads. All the beads glistened from the reflection of the light and the stones were very alluring to the eyes. One gifted waist bead became four and I was hooked forever on my self-love journey towards loving the best version of me.
I wanted to share my experience by celebrating other women just like me who are working towards self-love as they break free from their limiting beliefs of not feeling like they are enough. Breaking generational patterns and busting out of their cocoon, transforming into that beautiful confident butterfly ready to spread her wings and fly.
My waist beads are changing the narrative on how women view themselves as they look in the mirror every day. Body shaming imperfections have no place here within this waist-bead society. By using the mirror technique, speaking positive affirmations, prayers, and declarations to assist you in your transformational journey towards self-love, weight, and waist management. Body shaming has never been acceptable. Society has given us the misconception that being a size 5 is the norm when beautiful women come in all shapes, sizes, cultures, and shades of color. Waist beads have various meanings to the individual wearer. You can wear them for a cause passionate to your heart by representing the color of that cause. Such as health awareness issues in support of survivors of something they have overcome. Represent your Sorority, team, or birthday colors. Waist beads have been worn for centuries by the African woman of Uganda, other various tribes in Africa, and women around the world.
Waist beads were worn to distinguish what class or tribe a woman was from. Rite of Passage as young girls cross over into womanhood. Waist beads are given to a young girl by her mother, aunt, or any other woman in the family stepping in to celebrate her transition into womanhood. They are also worn to heighten intimacy between you and your spouse. A beautifully adorn waist is truly the best waist by far.
History of Waist Beads
Waist Beads are referred to as waistline beads, belly beads, and beaded waist chains. In Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, and various other West African countries. They are a symbol of femininity, sensuality, and fertility an excellent addition to assist women in feeling even more feminine, sexy, and beautiful. They are handmade custom designs with a gorgeous variety of beads, gemstones, and spacers in various shapes, sizes, and colors. The tradition of wearing beads is an old–age one. They have been worn for various reasons signifying royalty, for body adornment, deification, and decoration. They are everywhere and tradition states that they are not for show in African tradition, waist beads are meant to be worn under clothing. They are for you or your husband’s eyes only. It’s very personal. The meaning of the colors varies with every tribe. In America and other parts of the world, it’s certainly a form of personal expression and individual interpretation. They are for all women of any ethnic background, body type, shape, size, race, and color. Think of them as colorful strands of femininity made of vibrant glass or clay beads, gemstones, pieces of horn, shells, and sometimes gold or silver fittings, strung together by hand and tailored to embrace a woman’s individual midsection.
The color patterns and the reasons for wearing them bear an even greater myriad of meanings, a modicum of mystery and folklore. While the practice dates back centuries in various regions of Africa, it is even depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics and takes on different interpretations in other cultures. It has become increasingly popular in the United States during the past couple of years. Now waist beads are often sold at house parties and bridal showers. A sign that they have clearly taken on-trend status in American culture. I have women who get one strand and then quickly come back for more. A big reason for the modern popularity of waist beads is the sense of empowerment they provide over an area of the female form that is often a source of physical discomfort or embarrassment over extra pounds. Most women have issues with their middle section, and the last thing they want to do is draw more attention to that area. However, putting on something very beautiful and adorning around that area makes you feel sexy and builds a strong feeling of confidence no matter your size. We sell beads to women with waistlines from 20 to 55 – 65 inches and of all ages.
Historians believe the African tradition of waist beads may have originated among the Yoruba tribes, now mainly in Nigeria. But the practice is also seen in West Africa, notably Ghana, where the beads signify wealth and aristocracy, as well as femininity. Waist beads are also found in other cultures, and while African, Indian, and Islamic women typically keep them under wraps, some display the beads over their clothes or on bare midriffs, such as belly dancers in Eastern cultures.
Waist Beads are typically always worn even while bathing or sleeping. Depending on your purpose the beads can serve as symbols of sensuality, fertility, and rites of passage, passed down from mother to daughter. There are superstitions about pregnancy and the energies of the Earth. Some see them as conveyors of positive energy and healing. Some wear them strictly for fashion and others choose them for the very practical use of weight control. If your beads are getting a little tight, it is a sign that you need to scale back on overeating. You will feel sexy the moment you put them on. They are not just for the well-shaped women. When you walk naked past a mirror and see this gorgeous jewelry hanging on your waist It makes you feel beautiful. They will turn a shy simple individual into that confident, vivacious woman no matter her size.
While the colors in African waist beads are open to interpretation, some traditions equate certain qualities to various hues:
Blue: Knowledge, healing, peace, truth, harmony — a cooling color symbolizing faith, devotion, deep insight.
Green: Prosperity, hope, harmony, healing, and ripening, encouraging the wearer to love nature and be generous, humble, and self-controlled.
Red: Self-confidence, vitality, sexual energy, passion, courage.
Yellow: Wisdom, knowledge, clarity, increasing awareness, and calming nerves.
Purple: Royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Also represents wealth, devotion, and peace.
Orange: Joy, sunshine, and tropics, Represents enthusiasm, creativity, determination, attraction, success, and encouragement.
Brown: Steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health.
Black: Elegance, power, mystery, fear, authority, and sophistication.
White: Associated with light, goodness, perfection, safety, purity, and cleansing, positive,
Enjoy your beaded jewelry purchase and tell a friend!
How To Wear Waist beads
If you have purchased your traditional waist beads for weight and waist management then I suggest that you tie your waist beads slightly under your belly button. As you gain weight your waist beads will roll up above your belly button signaling that you have eaten too much food and it is time to cut back on your food intake and portions. Once you lose weight your waist beads will fall below the belly button near your panty line and fashionably drape eloquently around your waist. So, ladies start your intermittent fasting journey. Speak life over your image in the mirror and maintain your waistline.
The traditional way to wear your waist beads is under your clothing and not for all eyes to see. However, in society today, women are wearing them outside their clothing to adorn their waist in public, over a dress, jeans and with a high-rise top that exposes the belly. It is a fashion statement and is used in place of a belt for fashion purposes.
Eloquent Success Beaded Jewels waist beads are up to 55 inches long so if you need to cut them off you can reapply them with the extra beads. Make sure the ends of your waist beads have a secure knot, so your beads do not fall off the leftover string as you proceed to tie your waist beads around your waist. Traditional tie-on waist beads are permanent and you can shower with them on. If you tie them loosely you can slip out of them and reapply them. Just use a cloth to polish them up to bring back their luster when they become dull.
- Wrap your full strand of waist beads around your waist along the desired location chosen.
- Tie up to 3 or 4 knots. It is best to intertwine the individual strands of thread to make a more secure knot.
- Cut the additional string, leaving a small amount showing, and turn your knot towards your back.
- You now have an adorned waist and enjoy your waist bead journey.
You can wear your waist beads all day, every day. They may dull after time from showering in them if that happens just polish them with a cloth. If you want to take them off from time to time you will want to tie them loosely so you can slip in and out of your waist beads. Just be mindful, that when rushing to use the bathroom you do not pull on your bead or they may pop!
Enjoy and do not forget to join our Waist Facebook Group called,
“ Waist Bead Society Group by ES Beaded Jewels “.