Born Again Hematite
Rosary with upcycled polished hematite Hail Mary beads and upcycled round flat polished dyed shell Our Fathers, with an Our Lady of Lourdes center and a pardon crucifix en francais, for Lourdes of course.
Symbolism in This Rosary
Hematite is the primary ore for iron extraction, due to its abundance. It has long been crushed and mixed with liquids to produce a red dye, with some of the earliest cave paintings containing it. It is also the red in the rouge of jeweler's buffing compound.
Shell, in tradition, has come to represent our baptism---even the dishes used by priests to pour water over the heads of catechumens are often shaped like scallops. It has come be closely associated with Saint James, the Apostle, and his missionary journey to Iberia. Also, from shells we retrieve pearls, the material of the gates of heaven.
Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to Saint Bernadette in 1858, along with a spring of water associated with many miracles of healing. Lourdes was the apparition where Mary clarified her Immaculate Conception, and the grotto built at the site has become a major pilgrimage site.
The pardon crucifix was approved by Pope Saint Pius X in 1905 with five different indulgences granted through its use.
Our goal is to provide you a rosary, not just sell you a rosary. We use only stainless steel eyepins, linkages, and jump rings for both their strength and durability. If there is any defect in the workmanship of a rosary you purchase from us, please let us know, and we will make it right, free of charge, including shipping, within the first year of purchase. Also, for as long as we make rosaries (a lifetime, we hope!), if a rosary we made for you ever has a broken linkage, eyepin, or jump ring, we will be happy to repair it, with cost limited to shipping. Whatever we can do to keep you praying!