Earth and Fire
Rosary with round polished chrysocolla Hail Mary beads and round polished pyrite Our Fathers, with a Holy Face of Jesus center and a pardon crucifix.
Symbolism in This Rosary
Chrysocolla is a copper-based green and blue mineral with a long history, described as early as 315 BC by Theophrastus as a stone used as a binding agent is goldsmithing. It was used as a gemstone from early times as well, known to be worn by Cleopatra, and found in the mines of King Solomon. When polished, its deep blue and green resembles somewhat the colors of Earth from space.
Pyrite derives its name for the Greek work for “fire,” and was used as a fire-starter in place of flint since prehistoric times, as it sparks when struck against iron or steel. Also called “fool’s gold,” its raw form resembles gold nuggets---it is actually, in its pure form, iron sulfide, and was mined to produce sulfur before sulfur was more easily obtained from oil.
The Holy Face of Jesus is an image based on the Shroud of Turin. Devotion to the Holy Face is most associated with Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, and she has written many prayers of devotion to Christ’s Holy Face and pinned an image of it over her heart.
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!