Last year, I was walking through the streets of Athens and noticed the locals carrying strands of beads; constantly running them through their fingers as if counting each one. I later discovered the beads, called komboloi (or worry beads) are considered a strong aspect of Greek and Cypriot culture, used as a stress relief device.
Since I spotted these colorful komboloi-inspired beads by Brooklyn-based Fredericks and Mae, I've started considering carrying a strand around myself to cope with impending deadlines. The necklaces are made from horsehair, leather string, wooden beads, and Gutermann thread dyed in pigment.
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Above: The large and small sized strands.
Above: The Small Worry Beads measure 18 inches long and cost $100 from Matter.
Above: The three-foot-long strand of Large Worry Beads is made from wooden beads, leather cord, pigment dyes, horse hair, and thread; $265 from Matter.