Beads can have religious or spiritual significance as a symbol of seeking peace or calmness. If you are examining beads on a necklace, you are exploring your attributes and strengths. Look at the color and type of stone to see what the bead can reveal about your special qualities. If the beads are plastic or gaudy, the message can be about doing something for show or acceptance. Counting beads can personify menial tasks that are not fulfilling.