What is a Greek komboloi?

- Oct 09, 2018-

A komboloi is a type of Greek beaded jewelry also known as “worry beads.” This usually takes the form of joined strings of colorful beads, often made of glass or amber, with a head bead at one end and a tassel hanging from the other. Clicking through komboloi beads is a form of stress relief and can be used to pass the time or meditate.

The first komboloi were knotted ropes used by Greek monks as a way to keep track of their prayers. The name comes from the Greek words kombo (knot) and leo (say), meaning “in every knot say a prayer.” Over the centuries, the worry beads lost their religious meaning.