Collection: Cycle Beads

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What have we learnt?

There are lots of different variations of design, each with different ways of calculating your cycle but the basic concept is that there are 3 distinct parts of the cycle:

  • your period
  • a fertile time
  • a non fertile time

This is represented by 32 beads with a marker to move each day along the beads. When your period starts between 26 and 32 days, you simply move the marker back to the beginning.

Common design features

  • Sets of cycle beads most commonly have 32 beads
  • The first bead marks the first day of the cycle (first day of period), followed by 6 non-pregnancy days
  • Then 12 possible pregnancy days
  • These are followed by 13 unlikely pregnancy days

Note – this is a simplification – there are differences in dates in the different designs.


Other colour coding options

  • The last 5 days are for those who have more than 26 day cycles (32 being the last day on the cycle) – You could have a different coloured bead to mark where a 26 day cycle would end
  • Some necklaces have a different coloured bead for the day you are most likely to conceive
  • There seems to be a ‘grey area’ between your period ending and the fertile time beginning. You could colour code this too


Marker options

  • A rubber ring slides over the beads
  • A ‘charm’ or short length of beads clips inbetween the beadsto mark the days
  • Beads slide over a knot as a marker
  • The bead itself is the marker and a gap is left – might not be the best option for jewellery


Other design options

  • You can choose beautiful colours and shapes (that are more subtle than stop/start red and green)
  • You can have an arrow pointing the direction the cycle goes in
  • You can also customise your necklace to your own cycle by removing beads

UPDATE 2022 – There are a lot more versions around, many with a focus on health and energy.