Man's Large Black Agate Rosary, Pewter Nails Crucifix, Madonna & Child Center
This impressive rosary is larger than my usual rosaries, and is made with 10mm round black agate Hail Mary beads and 12mm Our Father prayer beads. Although the rosary is a substantial size, it flows smoothly through the hands when in use. A great choice for a man's rosary.
Black agate is a hard and durable natural gemstone material, used for centuries for weapons, household utensils and personal decoration. It is even mentioned in the Bible! The beads in this rosary have been polished to a glossy finish, and hand-linked with silver rosary wire.
The Hail Marys are 10mm round. These beads are mainly opaque black and some have areas of translucency and grey or brown colors which is normal in this semi-precious gemstone.
For the Our Fathers I have chosen 12mm round black agate beads, with the front two beads showing some of the natural banding of colors that can occur. These larger beads are finished with layered pewter end-caps and small faceted silver glass beads, then wire-wrapped for extra strength.
The center medal shows the Madonna and Child in an ornate frame, imported from Italy - as is the crucifix. The crucifix is large - 6cm (2.4 inches) tall, and is designed to look like it is constructed from 3 symbolic nails bound together in the shape of a cross. A crown of thorns embellishes the cross behind the figure of Christ.
Length from center back to end of crucifix: 70cm / 27.5 inches
Center medal: 3cm / 1.2 inches
Crucifix: 6cm / 2.4 inches
A meaningful rosary for personal use, which would make a thoughtful gift or addition to a collection. It comes attractively packaged with a handmade rosary pouch to store it in.