Small rosary with upcycled round polished goldstone Haily Mary beads and lapis lazuli Our Fathers, with a Miraculous Medal center and a flared Benedict crucifix.
We purchased a collection of unsold semi-precious stone bead necklaces, and they were a bit smaller than we had imagined, about 50% smaller---they didn't even fit our wire! We purchased smaller gauge wire, chain, and small centers, and plan to offer miniature rosaries while the materials last.
Symbolism in This Rosary
Goldstone is actually no stone, but a glittering glass infused with copper. Sometimes called monkstone from folklore associating its creation with a monastic order, it is also at times called gold sandstone. Its silica beginnings and sandy quality evoke wanderings in the desert, and its shimmering reminds us of God’s presence even when we are lost.
Lapis Lazuli is very likely the “sapphire” mentioned in the Bible, as concurrent sources describe it with streaks of gold (pyrite). Actual sapphires, sourced in India at first, were not known to the area until the Roman Empire. It would therefore be both one of the stones of the breastplate of Aaron and one of the foundation stones of Revelation’s New Jerusalem. It is used throughout the Old Testament as a sign of both immense beauty and riches.
The Miraculous Medal is based on an apparition of Our Lady of Grace to Sister Catherine Laboure. It contains an image of Mary with rays of graces extending from her hands with the words “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” On the back is a ring of twelve stars, the letter M surmounted by a cross, and two hearts---the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Saint Benedict crucifix has a long history and a complex symbolism. The Order of Saint Benedict does the best job clearly explaining the details.
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!