White-heart beads are named after their white center, which adds brilliance to the colored glass surrounding it. Another name for these beads is "Cornaline d' Allepo," which translated literally to "Carnelian of Allepo" or "Agate of Allepo." The word Allepo refers to "Leishmaniasis," a parasitic disease found primarily in inter-tropical and temperate regions. People are said to have traditionally worn white-heart beads (as well as carnelian and other agates) as talismans to ward off this disease.
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