St Anthony Pocket Rosary, NZ Paua Shell Beads
A small pocket rosary with Saint Anthony of Padua at its heart. This small version of the rosary has one decade of Hail Mary beads, and a single Our Father prayer bead in the front.
For the Hail Mary beads, I've used beautiful natural New Zealand paua shell ovals, each 12mm long and double-aided. They are separately linked by hand with silver rosary wire so the loop meets at the center medal of St Anthony holding the child Jesus.
The front of the pocket rosary has a larger paua bead held between sparkling Swarovski crystals, leading to the small San Damiano cross. This is the style of cross St Francis of Assisi was kneeling in front of when he received instruction from God to rebuild His church. St Francis and St Anthony are often featured together.
Paua shell is New Zealand's special type of abalone, with amazing iridescent colors produced by the cold waters of the Southern oceans surrounding our country. Only found in NZ, paua shell is both beautiful & lightweight - perfect for a small rosary to carry with you.
Length: 26cm / 10.25 inches;
Cross: 3cm / 1.2 inches tall.
A lovely wee rosary for personal use, or for gifting.
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Saint Anthony Collection
Patron Saint Chaplets
Pocket Rosaries & Tenners