Ghost bead jewelry has been a beloved staple in traditional Diné spirituality and fashions for many generations. They are intended to bring the wearer protection and harmony amidst negativity and opposition, and to ward off evil spirits.
Ghost beads are dried juniper berries that are hand picked from the ground after being hollowed out by ants. The artisan then drills a hole through the berry to complete the bead before it is strung alongside glass beads and other elements to create a very unique adornment. The subtleness of the ghost beads in jewelry brings an unexpected visual and connection to nature for the wearer and beholder.