Small rosary with upcycled rough-faceted and polished garnet gem Hail Mary beads and polished rose quartz Our Fathers, with a small Miraculous Medal center and a San Damiano crucifix.
We purchased a collection of unsold gemstone 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
Garnet is quite possibly the first stone in Aaron’s breastplate, as the Hebrew word used means “red stone” and garnet was the most widely used red gem in the area at the time. It is valued throughout history, and traditionally represents Christ’s sacrifice.
Quartz is very likely the stone referred to as “crystal” in the Bible. It was prized for its transparent quality and was used to make both gems and lenses. Both Old and New Testaments use it in metaphors to describe things as shining, clear, and smooth. Even in Biblical times it was a common mineral, and it is often used when describing expansive things, like the firmament or the sea.
Pink, especially as rose vestments, represents joy during a time of penance and prayer in Catholic tradition. It the color of deep contentment or happiness that cannot be subdued even amidst times of sadness.
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 San Damiano crucifix is closely associated with Saint Francis and his message of joy and simplicity. He received a message from God while praying before it to rebuild the Church.
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!