Custom Waistbeads By Wrap And Soul

Between festivals and online sales, at times I get so busy I run low on stock at the Wrap and Soul shop at Etsy.com. So I was thrilled to discover that instead of becoming disappointed, many of my customers turned to my Custom Waistbeads service, giving me the opportunity to co-design with them and creating special beads that meet their specific needs.
If you would like certain gemstones or symbols on your waistbeads, for aesthetic or spiritual reasons, but find that what you desire is not available at the Wrap and Soul shop, I will work with you to make it happen. In fact, I will be honored.
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For me, making this special jewelry is a calling that I take very seriously. In our ancestral villages and towns, there were women who strung waistbeads for the local girls for each milestone in their lives. They all  knew each other, and the women knew what colors. patterns and beads would be appropriate for each girl’s age, status and disposition.
Our “village” today is a lot larger, but if you give me the information, you can still get those special hand-selected touches.  All Wrap and Soul waistbeads are one-of-a-kind, so with each piece you are get a unique work of  functional art, as well as history and culture.  As you view the selection on the site, notice the waistbeads that catch your eye, the set you keep staring at, and going back to. That’s the one for you. For whatever reason, you need the energy of those crystals. It works every time.
However, if you have something specific in mind, and decide you want Wrap and Soul custom beads, here are the steps for c0-designing a set with me.
First, go the the left side menu of the Wrap and Soul website. Under “Shop Info” you’ll see the number of sales.  The number changes all the time: Today it says “247 Sales.” Click that link, and all of my previously sold waistbeads will be displayed.  Right now, that’s 11 pages of designs.
Scroll through the sold waistbeads to get an idea of the crystals and symbols in my inventory. If you see a set you like, click it for a larger view and to get my description of the properties of the crystals. Note, there are five photographs for each item. Click those on too!
From that vast selection, you can decide which crystals and symbols you would like on your custom waistbeads. Email your ideas to me and I’ll give you feedback. We will co-design! I will make suggestions on your color selection, symbols etc.
About cost: Generally, for a custom design that’s a spin on one of my previously sold creations, I charge only $5 more. about $30, plus shipping. That would be for the standard length of up to 43 inches, with all crystals and symbols in stock.
If you are requesting a crystal that I don’t normally use or that is out of stock, I will order it for you. However, if it is expensive I may pass the cost on to you or suggest  a less expensive version with the same properties/color. The same goes for symbols that are not in my inventory. But I’m always open to suggestions and I’ll work with you.
If you need custom waistbeads that are longer than 43 inches, I will create that also, adding another $5 more to the cost.
I do require a deposit of 50 percent of the cost before I start the project. When the waistbeads are completed, I post photos of them in my shop, reserved under your first name so you can take a look at them before final payment.reservedlisting
After you okay them, you make the final payment and I ship them out to you.  You receive them, open the package and fall in love!!
Peace,
Moon

For Men: The Sensual Waistbeads Woman

Brothers:

If you think waistbeads are for ladies only, think again.

Although I have created waistbeads for a man – I’ll get to that in a minute – please consider that the waistbeads your woman wears is as much for your pleasure as it is for hers. In a sense they are the perfect gift – they are beautiful, spiritual, cultural and lovingly reciprocal. When she wears waistbeads for herself, she’s giving you a gift; when she wears waistbeads for you, she’s giving a gift to herself.  And while the same can be said for other types of  jewelry, few have the same sensual appeal as waistbeads.

Here’s what waistbeads do for you:

1) They make your woman FEEL more beautiful as the energy the gemstones exudes a subtle positive influence.

2) They make your woman LOOK more beautiful; waistbeads are stunningly seductive along the curves of her body, against the glow of her skin.

3) Gemstone waistbeads add to her spiritual armor, protecting her and keeping her safe from negativity when you are not around. And if she is pregnant, her waistbeads are literally guarding your family.

4) They are a part of your racial memory. The oldest African jewelry ever discovered was found in 2004, in the Blombos cave on the southern tip of South Africa.  They are 40 mollusc shell beads that had been pierced and are estimated  over 75,000 years old.  Women are seen wearing waistbeads on the walls of the pyramids in Egypt, but it’s hard to say when they were first introduced into our culture. However, it’s certain they have always played a large role in seduction and romance between the sexes.

Even today.  The Nation, a newspaper of the Republic of  Malawi, recently discussed the merits of waistbeads among market women, who opined that every young woman should have waistbeads to keep her husband aroused during foreplay. In the article, the women went on describe the hidden meanings of waistbeads colors, from black, which means “not tonight I have a headache,” to blue and green, meaning “all systems are go.”

      Hmmmmmm.

 

In her book, “Sacred Woman,”  Queen Afua  writes among the 17th century Saramaka people, a woman would give her  scented waistbeads to her husband as a symbol of her intended fidelity when he went away for long periods of time. That certainly beats a photo on your cellphone!

5) From a dozen years experience in this craft, I kid you not when I say there are few women who would not be moved when a man selects and purchases a set of waistbeads for her. It is more creative than flowers, sexier than lingerie, and more personal than most other jewelry.

As you can see the benefits are multiple. For superior quality and beauty, try Wrap and Soul gemstone waistbeads.

For those of you who are wondering whether a man can wear waistbeads – yes, I do get asked that question – the answer is: It depends.

I was once talked into making waistbeads for a very persistent older brother. He selected the beads and stones, the symbols, gave me his measurements and drew up the design. I knew that some African men do wear beads and belts around their waists, so the concept was not completely strange to me. But, as I pointed out to him, those men wore little or no clothing at all. The idea of waistbeads UNDER modern pants or jeans, seemed a little odd.

Nevertheless I made them, presented them to him and he was thrilled.

A month later I met him on the street with his waistbeads on – around his neck! When I commented on his “necklace,” he looked at me rather sheepishly. “As waistbeads, they just kept getting in the way,” he said.

I replied:   “That’s because the real pleasure you get from waistbeads is from the woman who’s wearing them.”