Antique padre beads such as the ones shown below are popular. They are popular not just because they are antique, but because they are still stylish and because they are in high demand.
These beads are usually turquoise-blue and below, you can see just how big each bead is. However, they come in different shapes and sizes, depending on where they were made and when they were made. Below is a set of the beads besides a ruler for comparison purposes.
The name ‘padre’ in these beads was appropriated by African bead sellers and collectors of these beads and the name was wrongly pasted onto all opaque turquoise-blue glass beads, including glass beads that may be Chinese, Venetian, or Czech.
However, the name was originally used for beads that were given by Franciscans to Native Americans in exchange for good work and conversion to Christianity.
Today, padre beads are antiques since none are being made and as such, they fetch a lot of money in the market. They are bought by people for sentimental reasons, they are bought as collector items, and they are bought for decorative purposes by women and girls.
When buying the padre beads, you should consider whether the beads are genuine. You should consider asking for a valuation from a professional before making a purchase. You should buy the antique padre beads from a credible and reliable source, especially when buying online, you should look at the quality of individual beads, and you should make sure you do not pay more than you should.