Power beads are a type of bracelet made up of smooth, round beads, typically all of one color, though mixed bead bracelets can be found as well. Power bead bracelets are made from gemstones that are chosen for what is believed to be their specific healing, or otherwise beneficial properties. The beads are most often made of semi-precious stones, and the bracelets are typically fairly inexpensive.
Power beads are often strung on an elastic string that can be stretched over the hand, making them easy to fit most people with only one size. Though some more expensive power bead bracelets have clasps, it is fairly uncommon. It is popular to wear stacks of power beads on the wrist, each one in a different color. Sometimes power bead bracelets are seen with wooden beads as well, and these may be even less expensive.
The concept behind power bead bracelets is that it is believed by some that gemstones emit different energy vibrations depending on their types, and these energies are capable of drawing beneficial energy into one's life. Simply put, these bracelets are designed to promote well-being, just by slipping them onto the wrist. The types of energies the power beads are supposed to attract vary widely, but typically include positive ideas such as love, harmony, joy, protection, healing, calm, strength, success, and prosperity, among others. It is believed that the concept of power beads evolved from the use of prayer beads and gemstones for healing throughout history, and in various religions.
Some of the most popular types of power bead bracelets include amethyst, for healing and intelligence; quartz, for strength; smokey quartz, for self esteem; rose quartz, for love and relationships; tiger's eye, for courage; green cat's eye, for happiness; jade, for success; mother of pearl, for wealth; and even carnelian, for PMS, just to name a few. There are many different colors and types of gemstones that offer similar benefits, so it is often possible to shop around for a preferred color along with a chosen supposed benefit. They can also be purchased online, singly or in bulk for those who wish to make their own bracelets.
Power beads are versatile pieces of jewelry that can be worn with virtually any outfit or other types of jewelry, such as bracelets, rings, or necklaces. They make great, thoughtful gifts for other people as well, who may benefit from the believed positive energies of the power bead bracelets. Because they are so inexpensive, it is possible to have a large collection of power bead bracelets for every occasion.