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Used by: AC
Derived from: Said to be brought into southwest US by Catholic priests (padre is "Father" in Spanish).
Earliest Use: Sorensen 1971?
Origin: Chinese, 17th to 19th century.
Distinctive Trait: Blue is not uniform, but streaked with white; "satin-like finish".
Distribution: North America, Asia.
Remarks: Common Chinese export bead. Name a little parochial.
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