Beads made from semi-precious stones are used as spiritual reminders ? as in rosaries or votive beads. In many religions prayers are counted by using beads and repeated prayers are notated in order to ensure that the right number are said. In dreams we tend to be more conscious of spiritual discipline. Psychologically we are looking for perfection. To be counting beads suggests that we are enumerating our talents, blessings or skills (the number may be important). When we dream of beads strung together - for instance in a rosary - we are becoming aware of continuity or logical progression. To dream of beads breaking indicates the failure of a favourite project. You might like to consult the entries for Gems/Jewels, Necklace and Numbers.