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These motto beads are Italian, and have Italian/Latin phrases. They were inspired by spindle whorls, for which there is a long and varied history worldwide. They are ceramic beads in the style of majolica (however you like to spell that name). Over time, in addition to serving as spindle whorls, they were also used for various other decorative functions—particularly as sewing sets.. Many of us will associate them with table cloths—where they were used as corner-weights—and so have come in sets of four beads.
Making these beads is an ongoing industry, and there are currently new versions/varieties available, that diverge from the traditional beads.