Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The focal point of this Irish rosary are the handmade lampwork Pater beads. The center of the beads features white flowers on a pale green background. The flowers are connected by a delicate green stem. Then the center is encased in clear crystal. Complementing these beads are the 6mm dark green adventurine Avé beads. The center honors St Brigid and has an image honoring St Patrick on the reverse side. Both the center and the crucifix are silver colored metal. The wire is 99% pure silver plated onto pure copper wire. Please click here to learn more about this rosary and please visit my shop, Holy Name Rosaries, to see more of my wire wrapped, unbreakable rosaries
Monday, June 15, 2015
The Ave beads in this rosary are 8mm Connemara Marble beads imported directly from Ireland. While there are 4 different kinds of marble indigenous to Ireland, Connemara Marble is the only one that is most commonly associated with the Emerald Isle. These beads are an olive green with darker bands and patches of serpentine. They have a waxy surface which is one of the characteristics of Connemara Marble. The Pater beads are 12mm Swarovski crystal pearls. Swarovski pearls are high quality simulated pearls. They have a crystal center and are covered with 4 layers of nacre (pearly coating) which gives them a beautiful luster.
The shamrock center is sterling silver. The Celtic crucifix is white bronze. It has the Celtic Knot motif which has long been an Irish symbol of immortality. The wire is 99% pure silver plated onto pure copper. Please click here to learn more about this rosary and please visit my shop, Holy Name Rosaries, to see more of my unbreakable rosaries, chaplets and rosary bracelets.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Ave beads in this rosary are 6mm Kilkenny black marble beads imported directly from Ireland. This particular marble is found in the County of Kilkenny, Ireland. When I first received these beads, they had a dull, matte finish. However, when I began to work with them to make the rosary, they began to take on a nice sheen. While I can't be certain of this, I think that means the more the rosary is prayed with, the nicer the beads will look. These beads have some patches of slightly lighter marble within them giving them sort of a variegated appearance. Care needs to be taken with these beads because they are easily scratched. The pater beads are 10mm white magnesite. The marbleized appearance of the Pater beads is a nice compliment to the black marble Ave beads.
The oval center honoring our Blessed Mother is sterling silver as is the intricate crucifix. The wire is 99% pure silver plated onto pure copper wire. The bead caps and spacers are silver plated metal. This rosary would make a wonderful Father's Day gift. Please click here to learn more about this rosary and please visit my shop, Holy Name Rosaries, to see more of my wire wrapped, unbreakable rosaries.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The focus of this rosary is the Mysteries Center. This amazing center has a Miraculous Medal. It opens up to show lists of all the Joyous Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries and the Glorious mysteries. It also has the schedule of days that each mystery should be prayed. However, it must be noted that the engraving is quite small and sometimes hard to see.
The Aves are 8mm faceted carnelian beads. The beads are burnt orange, but in some light they begin to look red. They are translucent allowing the light to shine thru them. This gives them a beautiful glow. The Pater beads are 15mm x 15mm puffy hearts with a dragonfly motif.
The Pardon Crucifix is also known as the Indulgence Crucifix. Originally, Pope Pius X granted indulgences to anyone who prayed with the crucifix or who kissed the crucifix. The back of the crucifix says: "Father Forgive Them" and "Behold This Heart Which Has So Loved Men." Both the center and the crucifix are made of nickle silver. Please click here to learn more about this rosary and please visit my shop, Holy Name Rosaries, to see more of my wire wrapped, unbreakable rosaries.