I hoped these beads would be a beautiful red. They almost took my breath away when I opened the package. They are bigger than I thought they would be, a new challenge for me; but, they ARE red! Because they are a glass pearl, they have a quality that is special - the red almost glistens back at me. I am thinking and thinking what to do with them - something simple because they are a little big for me but I just love the color! If you love red, buy them and play!