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A typical style of love beads.

Love beads are one of the traditional accoutrements of hippies. They consist of one or more long strings of beads, frequently handmade, worn about the neck by both genders. The love bead trend probably evolved from the hippie fascination with non-Western cultures, such as those of India and Native America, which make common use of similar beads.



"At moments of suburban relaxation, in our circle of semi-bohemian homes, we smoked pot, wore dashikis and love beads, and frugged ourselves into a lather ..."-- John Updike[1]

"Love beads, mood rings, and candle light. Zodiac says the time is right ...", Janet Jackson, 70s Love Groove

Love beads in popular culture

  • According to the official history of the original 1962 Pier 1 Imports store in San Mateo, California, "Our first customers were post-World War II baby boomers looking for beanbag chairs, love beads and incense." [2]
  • The Lemon Pipers released a song called "Love Beads and Meditation" in 1968.
  • Chet Atkins released a single titled "Love Beads" in 1970.
  • In a 1983 episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show titled "Beads", Lucy makes love beads for Schroder.
  • In 1969, "Bob Hope dressed in a Nehru jacket and hippie love beads in a nightclub scene", according to the current Wikipedia article on the movie How to Commit Marriage. (This may be hard to believe.)



"Small beads on a necklace, especially ones worn by hippies as a symbol of love and peace." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed. Houghton Mifflin Company

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