Small rosary with upcycled polished turquoise Hail Mary beads and round polished carnelian Our Fathers, with a two-sided Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Medjugorje 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 Roary
Turquoise is one of the earliest mined gemstones, with examples being found in excavations in Egypt and Sumer. The first known mines were in the Sinai Peninsula, though it got its name from being known to Europeans to come from Turkey. It is quite possibly one of the stones mentioned in the Old Testament, but the general term in Hebrew for blue stone makes it difficult to determine. Because it is soft and easy to work with, it was widely used, for both jewelry and furnishings.
Carnelian, also known as sardius, is the sixth foundation stone of Revelation’s New Jerusalem, and is also used in Revelation to describe the Lord. It has a long history of use by royalty, with a strand of carnelian beads from 3100 BC discovered in Egypt.
The image of Divine Mercy comes from a vision given to Saint Faustina Kowalska. It represents Christ’s loving mercy to all, especially to sinners.
Our Lady of Medjugorje, though not yet a recognized apparition, appeared to six teenagers beginning in 1981. Her messages through them have largely been to ask people to pray often, to fast, and to do penance. Medjugorje has become a popular pilgrimage site, and a place of conversion.
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!