Greenstone & Paua Catholic Rosary, San Damiano Cross
Our Lady of Grace features in the center of this handmade greenstone (nephrite jade) and paua shell Catholic rosary. This is a full-sized rosary that has a San Damiano cross, a copy of the cross Saint Francis of Assisi was kneeling before when he received his commission from God to rebuild the Church.
I've used 8mm round greenstone beads for the Hail Mary beads, each linked by hand with silver rosary wire which means the rosary flows nicely during use. The beads are variegated in colour, which means each bead is different, ranging in colour from pale milky green to deep dark green. The color differences are caused by natural mineral inclusions in the jade.
The Our Father beads are natural New Zealand paua shell 12mm coins with the intense colors of the shell that is found only in cold New Zealand waters, finished with little olivine Swarovski® crystals and then wire wrapped to give extra strength where needed.
The full colour center shows Mary, Our Lady of Grace with the words "Pray for Us" engraved on the back.
The original San Damiano cross hangs in the Basilica of Saint Clare in Assisi, Italy. The cross is known as an icon cross because besides the main figure it has images of other saints and people related to the scene of Christ’s crucifixion.
Length from mid-back to end of crucifix: 55cm / 21.75 inches;
Center medal: 2.5cm / 1 inch
Crucifix: 4cm / 1.6 inches tall
Beads: 8mm nephrite jade, 12mm paua shell coins.
This is a lovely rosary for personal use, which feels cool and smooth through the hands and has unique Kiwi appeal. It comes in a handmade (by me) lined cotton rosary pouch to keep it in and will be attractively wrapped.
This rosary will last for many years of prayer and is covered by my lifetime guarantee.