Leonard McCants

The evolution of Buddha beads

It started with divine inspiration and ended in the most pedestrian way possible — with sandals. Here’s how Buddha beads — purported to give mystical powers of success (aventurine), love (rose quartz), intelligence (amethyst), discipline (leopard jasper), PMS relief (carnelian) — became the jewelry of the moment.

500 B.C. Buddhism is founded in India; beaded wooden bracelets are worn for prayer.

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