These white Padre beads were found in Ethiopian and are estimated to be over 100 years old. Originally made in Europe, these beads traveled across the world to Africa and the Americas by Spanish missionaries, monks and traders and used as currency. The name of these beads come from the 16th-18th century Catholic Spanish priests called "Padres" or "father" who wore these beads, which may have been party of the rosaries the priests would carry.
These authentic Padre beads are old and antique, so natural pitting, chips and erosion is apart of their beauty. Their old age, travels and wear rendered different shades of white and variations in their finishes, some shiny some more matte. No two beads are the same and these variations really make one strand all together so beautiful.
Approximate Number of Beads: 90 Bead Size: 8-9mm x 6-7mm Hole Size: 2mm Strand Length: 25"
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Our business is rooted in our love of hand craftsmanship, history, and authenticity. We work carefully to source items that are uniquely hand-made as well as hard to find vintage items from remote areas in Africa. Sourced from materials (such as recycled glass and metal) that use low impact, sustainable and ethical processes, we employ artisans and craftspeople in a place rich with bead making history.
We believe in supplying designers and collectors with the most beautiful handmade items that not only have a rich history, but will last for generations. We love these beads and we love seeing beads transform into beautiful jewelry designs. We source directly from the makers so our items are priced at wholesale, but we offer discount prices for bulk orders. Please send us a screenshot of orders over $300 and will send customized order with special discount.
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