Job's Tears, Coix-Lacryma-jobi, are probably the oldest beads known, they date back to at least 2000 BC. It's not clear were these plants were first domesticated but they are among one of the oldest agricultural crops along with beans, corn and rice. Food was it's first and most important use. The edible fruit is shaped like a tear drop. Because of the tear shape it was named after the biblical Job of the Old Testament who endured much suffering and shed many tears but never lost faith. When dried the fruit has a hard outer shell but a very soft inside. The seed has a tiny natural hole making it perfect to use as a bead. Job’s Tears have traditionally been used for making Rosaries although you can use them where ever you would use a bead. It has been documented that Job’s Tears have been found in ancient tombs and that Mother Theresa wore a Job’s Tears Rosary. Follow this link to find out how to grow this plant and create a Rosary made from Job’s Tears...Job’s Tears Rosary Tutorial

This is a Job's Tears plant that grew in my back yard.. The seeds have matured on this plant and are ready to be harvested. The seeds make beautiful beads they grow on a reed giving them  a ready made hole. The Rosary below is made of Job's Tears seeds picked from this plant.

Job's Tears Rosary