The beads originated in Italy and were traded for goods for centuries. The beads are 50 to 200 years old. You can wear them or display them in your home. I have a big wooden bowl filled with them.
You can find them in my Etsy shop are in my One Kings Lane shop where they sell out within a few hours of listing. Very popular item, but hard for me to get. I work to find the rarest, most prized colored of beads in the largest size possible.