Hematite Gold Rosary, Handmade in New Zealand
This attractive black and gold Catholic rosary is suitable for men, women or children, and is well-made for many years of prayer. All my rosaries carry an life-time guarantee on workmanship.
I've used 7mm round glossy black hematite beads for the Hail Mary beads, each separately hand-linked with gold rosary wire. The Our Father beads are interesting Czech glass saturn beads with a black finish brushed with gold. I've finished these larger beads with gold-plated bead caps and wire=wrapping to give extra strength where needed and that lovely handmade look to the rosary.
The rosary has a traditional center of Our Lady of Grace, and a San Damiano crucifix in gold-plated pewter. This is a copy of the cross that Saint Francis f Assisi was kneeling in front of when he received his instruction from God to rebuild his church. The back of the cross has St Francis' Latin blessing which translates as "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His face to you and be merciful to you. May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace. The Lord bless you". [originally addressed to Brother Leo]
Length from mid-back to end of crucifix: 48cm (18.9 inches)
Center medal: 2cm (0.8 inch)
Crucifix: 4cm (1.6 inches)
This rosary has a cool, smooth feel through the hands and is reasonably small and compact as the beads are slightly smaller than my full-sized gemstone rosaries. It comes attractively wrapped in a handmade (by me) lined cotton pouch to keep it in.