Frequently Asked Questions

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Order Help

Non-Custom jewels can be canceled ONLY within 48 hours of placing the order, because they are each handmade! If you placed an order over the weekend, the cancellation request must be made on the following Monday.
For custom jewelry, no cancellations, returns or exchanges are allowed—thank you in advance for understanding. 

For everything else,  cancellations are allowed— we are happy to help with an exchange or return once you receive your order!

I ship my items to you via DHL/USPS. If there seems to be a problem with your order being delivered to you or you think it’s lost, DHL and USPS are your first line of contact. Due to COVID 19 both carriers are having tracking and shipping delays. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about your order at griffinarnlund@live.com

Please allow 48 hours for us to prepare your order and 5-7 business days for shipping.

Please note that if you place a custom or fine jewelry order it can take up to 2-4 weeks to prepare your order as each piece is handmade just for you!

*International shipping can take up to 30 days and our shipping fees do not include any duties or taxes

Please allow 48 hours for us to prepare your order and 5-7 business days for shipping.

Please note that if you place a custom or fine jewelry order it can take up to 2-4 weeks to prepare your order as each piece is handmade just for you!

Returns & Repairs

All of our jewels are made using  either silver or gold plated brass or zinc so we recommend avoiding anything wet such as water, perfume or lotion. Contact with anything wet may cause discoloration or tarnishing. 

Should for any reason your Necklace, Waist, or Phone charm break, I can repair the charm or necklace if 75% of the beads are saved. I will provide a shipping label for you to mail me the remaining beads. As soon as it comes in I will make the necessary repairs and ship it back out!

Repairs cost - $10 (No Added Shipping Cost on Repairs)

Like our jewels, the return process is pretty dreamy. Just email me with your order number and zip code.
If you have any issues or questions, please email us at griffinarnlund@Live.com

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Need to return or exchange your order? I offer returns and exchanges within 30 days of the delivery date. Want more deets? Check out our full policy here!


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We will happily send you a new item if purchased within the last 30 days! Please email griffinarnlund@live.com with your order # and a photo of the damaged jewels. 

If you'd like to keep all the same charms/beads or your purchase was more than 30 days ago I do offer repairs!

Body Jewelry

I receive many questions and comments about who is “allowed” to wear waist beads. Given our mission is to celebrate womanhood, I believe that women (as a collective) deserve to wrap and appreciate their bodies with something beautiful. This includes waist beads. That said, as with any cultural item/practice, we also believe it’s crucial to understand, respect, and credit the original culture and context from which something is coming from. 

The history of waist beads dates back to antiquity. Many believe that the history begins in ancient Egypt where they were called “girdles” and were worn by women as a status symbol. In West Africa, the tradition was made popular by the Yoruban tribe of Nigeria. They are worn as a celebration of womanhood, sexuality, femininity, fertility, healing, spirituality, body shaping, protection and wealth.

Yoruban woman are known to have once laced beads with charms and fragrances that would be considered irresistible to the opposite sex. This practice is now less popular, however wearing beads for the seduction of men is still one of the primary reasons some women wear them. Waist beads can be also considered as “African Lingerie.”

Most of Waists by Wednesday’s beads are imported from Ghana, which also has a rich tradition of wearing waist beads. It is common for women in Ghana to wear waist beads as ornaments, as well as for symbolic adornment, which serves as a sign of wealth, femininity or aristocracy, as well as spiritual well-being. During Ghanaian naming ceremonies, babies are typically adorned with waist beads, while young adults also wear beads around their waists and on their hips during puberty rites as a portrayal of femininity. These beads are believed to possess the power to attract as well as evoke deep emotional responses.

As part of Ghanaian tradition, a successful suitor would commission a set of beads including bracelets, anklets, necklaces, cuffs and waist beads for his bride. This was part of her dowry and the foundation of her personal wealth. Women in Ghana would wear multiple strands of beads around their waist, with some cultures providing that the only person allowed to remove them was her husband on their wedding night.

Many Ghanaian women will tell you that they use their waist beads to shape their waist. It is believed that the practice of wearing multiple waist beads over time will help to keep the waist small and accentuate the hips. Since traditional waist beads are strung on cotton cord (and without a clasp/hook) they can be a good tool to measure weight gain and loss. They will not stretch; they will either break or continue to roll up the waist when weight has been gained. Similarly, they will roll down or eventually become so loose they will fall off when weight has been lost.

Don’t be fooled by photos of only slender women wearing waist beads. Women of all shapes and sizes can confidently adorn themselves with waist beads as well. Because traditionally beads are worn along your panty or bikini line and not your actual waist (which is typically across the belly button), it allows for ALL women to comfortably wear waist beads no matter their size. Wearing them is really a personal reflection and appreciation for your God-given beauty.

I am also happy to announce that my local bead seller started carrying beads shipped in from Ghana, a country in West Africa. I will from here on out be purchasing Ghanaian beads for my Waist Beads.

While there are several designs that appear to be African Waist Beads in my shop, there are also a handful of pieces of "Body Jewelry"! I will always respect and learn as much as I can about each and every culture, especially when it seems to appear in my shop. My intention was not to create African Waist Beads, my sole purpose was to make Body Jewelry meant to celebrate the BEAUTIFUL human body. Since being brought to my attention the resemblance, I have dedicated a portion of my site to learning the history of African Waist Beads. In cases where the charm appears to resemble African Waist Beads, I will be using Ghanaian beads as to respect and support the culture.