The Origin of Love Beads
There is a mysterious ancient country in this world, inhabited by a group of incredible Chinese people. Profound and far-reaching wisdom is embedded in this culture. Their way of expression is emotionally implicit and subtle, and such bashful expression has replaced the directness of language. Their search for transmitting truthfulness and genuine identity have led to the emergence of a kind of amazing heart-shaped seeds known as love-beads, jequirity, or jumble-beads, symbolizing truthfulness, sincerity and heart-felt blessing.
The Story of Love Beads
When those red
berries come in springtime,
Flushing on your southland branches,
Take home an armful, for my sake,
As a symbol of our love.
Wang Wei’s emotion was shown in his poem “One-hearted”, which has been loved by people through the ages. This “As a symbol of love” must be beyond the expectation of Wang Wei, I guess. Since then, love beads become a symbol of love and have drawn much attention. However, few people have much knowledge about the beads.
Many people erroneously believe that love beads (or jequirity) are produced by Acacia Confusa (which literally means “love tree” in Chinese), and have therefore misunderstood the connotations of the poem. Also, how many people have seriously studied the literary meaning of Wang Wei’s “One-hearted.”?
Love beads are produced by the jequirity tree. Those that
grow in Southeast Asia yield the most beautiful blood-red beads that look far
better than ruby and coral, with a shape that resembles a beating human heart.
However, to obtain perfect blood-red heart-shaped bead is indeed difficult. To
obtain the best selection, one must have experience and pay a great deal of
attention. Nowadays, many people mistake
Abrus precatorius as
Since the time of the Xia Dynasty, China has undergone countless changes. However, no man or thing can ever obscure the charm of love beads. People cherish love beads because they are shaped like the human heart. Like two overlapping hearts growing in passion and tenderness, the bright and eye-catching love beads symbolize romantic love.
High officials, aristocrats and wealthy families in the south of China enjoy planting the jequirity (which literary means “peacock tree” in Mandarin) in their gardens. When the branches begin to grow they resemble a peacock strutting along with his tail extended, and to the Chinese people they symbolize wealth and good fortune. These people also love jequirity because it bears heart-shaped beads. For the upper crust, it has become fashionable to make ornaments from these beads and exchange them as gifts.
Love beads are most beautiful, symbolizing truthful hearts that are so hard to find. It is most moving to be treated sincerely by someone. Therefore, we use love beads to express our feelings and convey our romantic intentions. As gifts for relatives, friends, or lovers, love beads can express our blessings, true love, and affection. Love beads are indeed the best way to express our tender regards for others.
Wang Wei was an official in Tang Dynasty. Throughout history, government officials were forbidden to form factions. In the poem “One-hearted”, Wang Wei uses the jequirity to express his congratulations to a long-separated and faraway friend:
“Jequirity is grown in the faraway south. A few more branches will grow in the coming springtime. Oh, dear friend, your chance has arrived. Try your best to grasp every opportunity. I am thinking of you and await your return.” Reading these words, we can feel Wang Wei’s deep regard and heartfelt concern for his friend.
Therefore, aren’t love beads special?!
We have produced a wide assortment of accessories based on the ancient auspicious designs of past dynasties.
Our designs include: Hearts in Unity, Dragon’s Pearl of Fortune, Beads of Contentment, Beads of Wealth, God of Heaven and Earth, Pinwheel, Kirin, Hearts Together, Beads of Felicity, Bamboo Benefactor, Bountiful Universe, Beads of Blossoming Flowers, and many others.
We have a wide variety of special designs and handmade ornaments made from jequirity beads and soapberry seeds.
We welcome orders of any quantity.
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