The Komboloi aka worry beads may be one of the most typical symbols of the Greek easy-going mentality that has been widely established both in Greece and Cyprus since the middle of the 20th century. Yet the history of the komboloi and its origins date back to time, when monks in Mount Athos began making strands of beads by tying knots on a string at regular intervals in order to say their prayers to God.
The modern Greek word komboloi derives from kombos (knot) and logio (collection) or the verb leo (say). It is said that it is short for the phrase “in every knot I say a prayer“. This etymology accounts for the fact that the komboloi actually evolved from komboskini, the Greek word for prayer rope.
The soul of the komboloi – its voice – is the music of its beads, whatever their shape, whether flat or irregular, translucent or opaque, made of stone, gems, wood, amber, bone, or even from olive pits, or carob beans.
It seems humankind has used beads since prehistoric times. Early civilizations believed they were a charm against enemies, or illness, or even the capricious catastrophes of nature. Evidence of their early use can be found in the bead-laden masks of the indigenous peoples of Mali, Congo and Cameroon. Here the humble ‘perforated spheres’ were seen as having supernatural powers.
Formed from microscopic crystals of quartz laid down in bands, Agate is a very stable crystal.
Agates are grounding stones, bringing about an emotional physical and intellectual balance. They aid in centring and stabilising physical energy.
Agate has the power to harmonise yin and yang, the positive and the negative forces that hold the universe in place. A soothing and calming stone, agate works slowly but brings great strength. Its multiple layers can bring hidden information to light.
This crystal overcomes negativity and bitterness of the heart. it heals inner anger fostering love and the courage to start again. it is useful for any kind of emotional trauma. It creates a sense of safety and security by dissolving internal tension.
Agate raises consciousness and links into collective consciousness and awareness of the oneness of life. It encourages quiet contemplation and assimilation of life experiences, leading to spiritual growth and inner stability.
healing Agate stabilised the aura, eliminating and transforming negative energies. Its cleansing effect is powerful at the physical and emotional levels. Placed on the heart chakra it will heal the emotional disease that prevents acceptance of love.
Embrace the amazing Blue Agate with these traditional Greek worry beads!
The piece is 24cm long. There are 24 Agate beads on this Komboloi.
Each bead measures approximately 0.9cm long/wide.
This would make a very unique addition to your collection. 🙂
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Happy buying 🙂