About Padre Beads

Padre beads are glass beads whose origin is traced back to ancient China. In the late 18th century, these beads spread rapidly in use in Southwest and Northwest America, following the trading patterns of Russian and Spanish traders. Padre beads were available in 3 sizes: jumbo Dogons measuring 5/8’s to ¾ inches in diameter; mid-sized Crow beads measuring 3/8’s inches in diameter and the small Pony beads measuring 3/16’s inches in diameter. Padre beads were available in a variety of colors, with blue and white being most valuable historically and the only ones acceptable for trade amongst the Indians.

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User Gallery – Kimberly’s Blessings

Photos courtesy of Kimberly Standiford – Kimberly’s Blessings

Strands contain Ghana Beads, White Hearts, Batik Bone Beads, Kakamba Beads, Krobo Beads, Padre Beads, Russian Blue Beads, and Many More.

Want to show off beads that you purchased from us?  No problem.  E-mail us pictures at store@rexbeads.com


User Gallery – Faraway Beads

Photos courtesy of Suzie Jenkins – Faraway Beads

Strands contain Padre Beads, Clay Mali Beads, Kakamba Beads, Tabular Brass Beads, Brass Bicone Beads, Pendant Beads, and More.

Want to show off beads that you purchased from us?  No problem.  E-mail us pictures at store@rexbeads.com


User Gallery – Levi’s

Levi Strauss & Company recently purchased a large number of Beads from Rex’s African Bead Shop for in-store/in-window displays. These beads can be seen in any Levi’s branded store for the next few months.

Strands contain Padre Beads, Snake Beads, and White Hearts.

Want to show off beads that you purchased from us?  No problem.  E-mail us pictures at store@rexbeads.com

 


User Gallery – Gigi & James

Photos courtesy of Jamie Anderson – Gigi & James

Strands contain Padre Beads, Ghana Glass Beads, Olumbo Beads, White Hearts and Bembe Cote Beads.

Want to show off beads that you purchased from us?  No problem.  E-mail us pictures at store@rexbeads.com