Crop year Summer 2006. The natural oils from human hands make them shiny - so the more they are handled as a rosary the shinier they become!
It is not wise to pull out the core remnants (tiny bits of woody fibre left inside the beads) because it helps stabilize the bead on the wire.
Job's Tears are in fact edible, used ground into a tea as a remedy for arthritis. They have been used for making jewelry and as a food supplement since the times of ancient Egypt. These Job's Tears were grown in Canada from seed imported from Zambia.