Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jet Black Crystal and Pearl Rosary



This timeless rosary is both stunning and simple.



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It is made with 6mm black Swarovski crystal pearl Hail Mary beads and 8mm jet Swarovski crystal chessboard Our Father beads. The Our Fathers are particularly beautiful when they catch the light and all the facets are revealed. 




The center is a beautiful pewter Miraculous Medal with brite cuts, and the matching crucifix is also pewter with brite cuts. They are a stunning pair. The center and crucifix are set apart with 4mm jet bicone Swarovski crystals.




The pins are made with 20 gauge non-tarnishing silver wire. Each pin is hand turned with care.








The rosary comes in a white gift box.

All the proceeds of this rosary are to be donated to our local Pregnancy Decision Health Center, committed to greater compassion for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

You can purchase this rosary in my Etsy shop.







Thursday, August 28, 2014

Millefiori Seven Sorrows Chaplet



The devotion of praying the Seven Sorrows chaplet was instituted in the 13th century in honor of the Seven Sorrows the Blessed Virgin Mary endured by her Divine Son. It is practiced upon a chaplet made up of seven times seven beads, each section of seven beads are divided from the rest by larger or different beads, representing the seven principal sorrows of her life. Each Hail Mary and Our Father is prayed while meditating on one of each of the Seven Sorrows of Mary and special prayers are prayed on the beads below the center.





The Ave beads of this chaplet are gorgeous 8mm blue, yellow and white millefiori glass beads and the Paters are 8mm capri blue Swarovski crystals with silver filigree caps.

The Miraculous Medal center is pewter and the Our Lady of Sorrows medal, also pewter, is a beautiful unique style, with the image of Our Lord with the crown of thorns on the reverse.













The beads are linked with 20 gauge fine silver wire and each pin is hand-turned with care, as are the connectors.



The chaplet comes in a white gift box.

This chaplet is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bread of Life rosary




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"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.'" John 6:35


This beautiful rosary center reminds us of Our Lord's words to us in sacred scripture.








The rosary is made with 6mm crazy lace agate Ave beads, which range in color from light tan to topaz and burnt orange to dark gray. The Pater beads are 8mm Swarovski topaz crystals, capped with lovely four-leaved bronze bead caps. 






The beads are wire-wrapped with strong 20 gauge vintage bronze wire for an almost indestructible rosary.

The center and crucifix are solid bronze, hand cast from vintage pieces.









Mary, Mother So Pure rosary




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“Mary, my dearest Mother, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility, that I may receive Jesus as you did and go in haste to give Him to others.”
~~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta




The beautiful center of this rosary is the epitome of this quote from Blessed Mother Teresa. The profile of of Our Blessed Mother holding her infant child, Our Lord Jesus, creating the shape of a heart, which holds all of us, as her children.





The rosary is made with beautiful white 6mm faceted rose quartz Ave beads, and 8mm Swarovski capri blue aurora borealis Pater beads. 




The center is pewter with small crystals imbedded in the halo of Our Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus.

The crucifix, also pewter, is a beautiful vintage style, substantial at 2 inches long.

The beads are linked with 20 gauge fine silver wire and each pin is hand-turned with care, as are the connectors. The center and crucifix are set apart with Swarovski 4mm bicone Capri blue crystals.











Saturday, July 26, 2014

Virgin by the Sea rosary



"Thou art my Mother, Mary, pure;
Thou'll be the fortress of my life;

Thou'll be my guide on this angry sea." - - Jose Rizal




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This stunning rosary has, at its center, a beautiful cut out image of Our Lady of Grace. She is surrounded by gemstones and crystals the color of a vibrant green-blue sea.

The Ave beads are 6mm smooth round amazonite, a beautiful green blue bead with slight variation in depth of color. The Pater beads are 8mm round Swarovski erinite beads. The beads are linked with 20 gauge fine silver wire and each pin is hand-turned with care, as are the connectors.




The center is a sparkling fine silver Our Lady of Grace center, and the crucifix has a fine silver finish over pewter.










The rosary comes in a white gift box.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pondered in her Heart rosary

"But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart." Luke 2:19





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This colorful rosary has, at its center, a beautiful heart with the profile of Our Mother Mary, to remind us to keep her in our hearts, and that she will keep us in hers.





The Ave beads are beautiful 6mm yellow turquoise (which are actually a vibrant green) and the Pater beads are 8mm round bright olivine Swarovski crystals. (Just FYI, though the beads are called turquoise, this stone is actually a type of African jasper that resembles turquoise's banding). The Pater beads are capped with silver plated filigree caps. 


The beads are linked with 20 gauge fine silver wire and each pin is hand-turned with care, as are the connectors.




The center and the crucifix are pewter with a deluxe silver finish. They are set apart with 4mm olivine bicone crystals.

The rosary comes in a white gift box.

To purchase this rosary, go to my Etsy shop.




Goldstone Rosary bracelet




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This stunning rosary bracelet is made with ten 6mm goldstone Ave beads and one 8mm round light Colorado topaz Swarovski crystal Pater bead. The cross, placed at the Pater bead, is a unique solid bronze cross with the image of Our Blessed Mother from the Miraculous Medal in the center. The cross is hand cast from a vintage piece.

The beads are wire-wrapped with strong 20 gauge vintage bronze wire and attached is an ornate bronze cleft and ring clasp.

The bracelet is 7.5 inches long.


To purchase this bracelet, go to my Etsy shop.





Monday, July 14, 2014

Sorrowful Mother Cocoa Wood rosary




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These cocoa bead rosaries are some of my favorite. Traditionally a man's rosary, but definitely pretty enough for a woman. The beads last for a very long time, and they are lightweight and smooth.





The beads are dark brown, the Ave beads 6x8 oval and the Pater beads are 7mm round and carved. The beads are linked with nickel silver eyepins and chain. The center is a four-way medal and has a Sorrowful Mother medal attached, and both are nickel silver. The crucifix in also nickel silver, and carved with a handsome scroll pattern.








This rosary comes in a white gift box.



You can purchase this rosary at my Etsy shop.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Purple Glory Dogwood Tree rosary




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Since I learned about the Legend of the Dogwood Tree I have become fascinated with this tree. Their beautiful flowers, like so many things in nature, bring to mind the power of God in the glory we see all around us.
"It is said at the time of the Crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the Cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in His gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it: "Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a gibbet. Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms will be in the form of a cross -- two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints -- brown with rust and stained with red -- and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember." - Fisheaters.com








The beautiful beads on this rosary remind me of the gorgeous Purple Glory Dogwood whose leaves turn a black purple in the autumn. 

The Ave beads are 6mm blackberry Swarovski pearls, and the Pater beads are 8mm lilac shadow Swarovski crystals. The Pater beads are capped with silver plated filigree caps. 

The beads are linked with 20 gauge fine silver wire and each pin is hand-turned with care, as are the connectors.










The Madonna center, with the profile of Our Blessed Mother wreathed in Dogwood flowers, and the Dogwood tree crucifix are heavy pewter.



The rosary comes in a white gift box.



You can purchase this rosary at my Etsy shop.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Infant Baptismal rosaries




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"Surround this infant of God with goodness, and lead him in Your light each day"

This sweet little rosary is made with a new baby boy's Baptismal Day in mind. It would be a lovely gift for the tiny new Catholic.













The boy rosary is made with 5mm light blue Swarovski pearl Ave beads, and 6mm light sapphire round Swarovski crystals, capped with tiny scalloped silver bead caps. Each pin is hand turned with care, as are the connectors between the Pater beads. The girl rosary is made with 5mm Rosaline Swarovski pearl Ave beads, and 6mm Rosaline round Swarovski crystals, capped with tiny scalloped silver bead caps. 










The center is a diminutive Madonna center and attached to the center is a tiny pewter baby feet charm. The crucifix, and center are base metal. The pins and connectors are made with 20 gauge non-tarnishing silver wire.



The rosary comes in a white gift box.






All the proceeds of this rosary are to be donated to our local Pregnancy Decision Health Center, committed to greater compassion for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.