I recently went looking back on my blog to find pictures of the rosary I made for my son's Confirmation this past year and I couldn't find them. Then I checked my photo files and they weren't there, which leads me to believe I never took pictures of it.
My youngest son Noah took St. Michael the Archangel as his patron saint and Confirmation name and I wanted to make for him a rosary that would remind him to ask his patron for intercessory prayers and to follow his example as a mighty soldier of Christ. And because my third son has a beautiful head of red hair, I was attracted to the beautiful color of the beads.
The beads are 8 mm goldstone, and if you click on the image of the center below you can see the flecks of light reflected in the bead. Goldstone is actually a type of glittery man-made glass, and according to folklore it was an accidental discovery in an Italian monastery. The tiny glittery specks in brown goldstone are actual flecks of copper.
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The center is pewter with the image of St. Michael and "St. Michael Pray for Us" stamped around the edge.
The ornate crucifix, also pewter, is large and heavy and I had my son's name and date of his Confirmation engraved on the back.