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.

This rosary can be purchased in my Etsy shop.



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.





You can purchase either of these rosaries at my Etsy shop, or contact me in the comment 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.



Friday, May 16, 2014

Consecration to Mary bracelet




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When I made my Consecration to the Blessed Mother, through St. Louis de Montfort's "True Devotion to Mary," I learned "we wear chains because we are her slaves." The wearing of chains is one of the outward signs those who consecrate themselves to Jesus and Mary keep as a way of keeping our pledge to Jesus and His mother new and real. It is a visible reminder that we can see all day, as we go about our daily lives of prayer and work.




From "True Devotion":
Of the outward signs, de Montfort says:
The fifth is the wearing of a small blessed chain either around the neck, on the arm, on the foot, or about the body. Strictly speaking, this practice can be omitted without affecting the essential nature of the devotion , but just the same it would be wrong to despise or condemn it, and foolhardy to neglect it. Here are the reasons for wearing this external sign:
(1) It signifies that we are free from the baneful chains of original and actual sin which held us in bondage.
(2) By it we show our esteem for the cords and bonds of love with which our Lord let himself be bound that we might be truly free.
(3) As these bonds are bonds of love, they remind us that we should do nothing except under the influence of love.
(4) Finally, wearing this chain recalls to us once more that we are dependent on Jesus and Mary as their slaves. Eminent people who had become slaves of Jesus and Mary valued these little chains so much that they were unhappy at not being allowed to trail them publicly like the slaves of the Muslims. These chains of love are more valuable and more glorious than the necklaces of gold and precious stones worn by emperors, because they are the illustrious insignia of Jesus and Mary, and signify the bonds uniting us to them. It should be noted that if the chains are not of silver, they should for convenience' sake at least be made of iron. They should never be laid aside at any time, so that they may be with us even to the day of judgment. Great will be the joy , glory and triumph of the faithful slave on that day when, at the sound of the trumpet, his bones rise from the earth still bound by the chain of holy bondage, which to all appearance has not decayed. This thought alone should convince a devout slave never to take off his chain, however inconvenient it may be.



This bracelet is made with copper square helm rings and non-tarnishing silver rings, linked in a beautiful parallel pattern. The rings are very sturdy and hold up well. I wear my bracelet every day and never take it off. Occasionally I polish it with Brasso, a polishing cloth, or just some toothpaste. The link is a copper hand-forged 17mm X 9mm hook and ring.






The length is 7.5", but I can remove a few links or add some to make it shorter or longer.

The bracelet comes in a white gift box.

You can purchase a bracelet at my Etsy shop.



Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Tenner Rosaries






This tenner rosary is devoted to the foster father of Jesus and devoted husband of Our Blessed Mother. The Ave beads are 6mm demortierite and the Pater is a 9mm blood red coral bead, with bronze caps. The Our Father bead and St. Joseph medal are set apart with 4mm dumortierite beads. 

A tenner rosary is a perfect rosary to keep in one's pocket or car for prayer "on the go."

The beads are wire wrapped with 20 gauge bronze wire, which makes a very durable rosary.

The beautiful 1" St. Joseph medal and 1.5" ornate crucifix are hand cast from solid bronze from vintage original pieces. The rosary measures 13.5" from end to end.

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This beautiful tenner rosary (one decade), dedicated to Our Blessed Mother's own mother St. Anne, is the perfect rosary for a woman's purse or pocket.

The beads are 6mm cream rose Swarovski pearl Aves and the Pater bead is an 8mm fuchsia Swarovski crystal with bronze filigree caps. The Pater and the St. Anne medal are set off by 4mm clear bicone Swarovski crystals. The beads are wired by hand with 20 gauge bronze wire for a very durable rosary.

The medal and crucifix are hand cast in solid bronze from vintage originals. The St. Anne medal is 1" long and the crucifix is 1.5" long. The tenner is 12.5" from end to end.


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This is a wire wrapped one decade pocket rosary, a tenner, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. The tenner rosary is perfect for a pocket, purse, or to keep in the car for travel prayer.

The Avé beads are 6mm light grey Swarovski pearls. The Pater bead is a 8mm round capri blue Swarovski crystal, with bronze filigree caps. The Pater and the St. Michael medal are set apart with 4mm capri blue Swarovski crystal beads.

The beads are wired by hand with 20 gauge bronze wire for a very durable rosary.

The Miraculous medal and crucifix are hand cast in solid bronze from vintage originals. The Miraculous Medal is 1" long and the crucifix is 1.5" long. The tenner is 12.5" from end to end.


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This is a wire wrapped one decade pocket rosary, a tenner, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. The tenner rosary is perfect for a pocket, or to keep in the car for travel prayer.

The Avé beads are 8mm red coral gemstone beads. The Pater bead is a large bronze bead, embossed with a stem of leaves. The Pater and the St. Michael medal are set apart with 4mm bronze Swarovski crystal beads.

The beads are wired by hand with 20 gauge bronze wire for a very durable rosary.

The St. Michael medal and crucifix are hand cast in solid bronze from vintage originals. The St. Michael medal, with Our Blessed Mother on the reverse side, is 1" long and the crucifix is 1.75" long. The tenner is 13" from end to end.



These tenners are all available at my Etsy shop.






Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Burn with Fire St. Michael rosary



St Michael the Archangel
Defend us in battle.
Be our protection against
The malice and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him,
 we humbly pray
and do though O Prince of the heavenly host,
By The power of God,
Thrust into hell
Satan and all evil spirits
Who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls
Amen 





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This beautiful rosary center is a wonderful reminder to turn to the archangel St. Michael to come to our defense in our fight on this earth. The very uniquely-colored Pater beads are also a reminder of the fires of hell -- and the aid the rosary comes to us to keep us far from them.




The rosary is made with 6mm leopard jasper Ave beads, and 8 mm padparadscha faceted Swarovski round crystals, with stunning elongated bronze caps. The colors of the jasper beads are highlighted beautifully in the Pater crystals. The beads are hand-wrapped with 20 gauge bronze wire for an extra durable rosary.





The center is a solid bronze image of St. Michael the Archangel, and the crucifix is a solid bronze fleur-de-lis, both are hand cast from vintage original pieces.









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.

This rosary is available now in my Etsy shop.



Baptismal Promises rosary





Scallop shell: the sea shell, especially the scallop shell, is the symbol of Baptism, and is found frequently on Baptismal fonts. The dish used by priests to pour water over the heads of catechumens in Baptism is often scallop-shaped. -- from fisheaters.com



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This beautiful rosary is a reminder of our Baptismal promises, whether they are made on behalf of a baby, on our own for the RCIA catechumen, or when we renew our promises every Easter.




The beautiful beads are light blue, just shy of periwinkle, Czech glass scallop shells. They are strung on strong steel wire with gilt-lined opal and sparkle silver gray-lined crystal seed beads. The Miraculous Medal center and crucifix are pewter.




This rosary is appropriate for a Baptismal gift, a new Catholic entering the church, or a woman of any age, in memory of her Baptismal promises. 




The rosary comes in a white gift box.


This rosary is available in my Etsy shop.