Memento Mori Rosary, Saint Michael Center
This Middle-Ages style rosary is made with Swarovski pearls and features Memento Mori skull beads for the Paters. Memento Mori were popular additions to rosaries in the Middle Ages, and this design is from the 15th Century when rosaries linked with wire became popular.
Memento Mori (meaning "remember you are mortal") is the name given to symbols of mortality, often skulls heads, and were intended as a reminder of how brief earthly life is. Their purpose was to remind folk to make the best of their life, and to help keep them on the straight and narrow path for fear of heavenly judgment.
I've used 8mm round Swarovski pearls for this rosary, in a color called bordeaux. The Memento Mori are white howlite stone, about 10mm tall. All the beads are hand-linked with silver rosary wire so the rosary is both sturdy and flows well through the hands in prayer.
The center in this rosary is a medal of Saint Michael the Archangel with the words "Pray For Us" in raised letters on the back. The crucifix is a traditional ornate pierced filigree style.
Length when hanging: 56cm / 22 inches;
Crucifix: 5cm / 2 inches tall.
The full-size rosary is lightweight enough to be easy to handle and is well-made for years of prayer. It is visually attractive and is suitable for personal use, for presentation or gifting.
It comes in a handmade Renaissance-style rosary pouch to store or present it in, and will be attractively packaged.
More links you might like:
Memento Mori Collection
Living History Paternosters
Full Rosary Collection