Ashanti beads are also known as "talking beads." They get their name from the distinct sounds that the various shaped beads make. The beads are intended to knock together as a person moves. The name of the beads come from where they are crafted, in the Ashanti region of Ghana. While Ashanti Beads are traditionally worn as jewelry, they can also serve as a decorative accent when placed around a pillar candle or vase to create a subtle textural accent.