Ditali and ditalini are short tubes of pasta, roughly the same length as they are wide. Their name comes from the word ditale meaning thimbles. They are also called coralli, meaning coral because they look like beads... from a necklace. Their shape is so suited to jewellery making that this is one of the shapes of dried pasta often used to make necklaces.
This silver bangle has one fixed small ditalini piece and one moving larger ditali bead. The smaller ditalini has horizontal ridges and the larger ditali has diagonal lines. The lines were grooved by hand and are all completely polished by hand so there is a very special feeling to these beads in comparison to those made by machine.
small ditalini is 4.5mm x 4.5mm and the larger ditali is 6mm x 6mm