Turquoise- Padres

Turquoise- Padres

3mm Turquoise Glass Beads
Unit: strand

Brought to Africa and then “the New World” via Spanish traders between the 16th and 18th centuries, these Venetian beads became known as Padre Beads because they were given as gifts to indigenous peoples by missionaries in both Africa and the Americas. In their intense turquoise blue color, they radiate a clarity not often found in antique glass. They were commonly used in African and Native American bead work and crafts. 

Sold by the strand in approximately 28 inches of length.


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