New Zealand Paua Shell Rosary, Our Lady of Sorrows Center
This unique Catholic rosary is handmade by me using natural paua shell beads (NZ's native abalone shell). The center connector features Our Lady of Sorrows in a color medal.
The rosary is made with double-sided oval paua beads for the Hail Marys, all separately linked with silver rosary wire. The Our Father beads are paua hearts which are wire-wrapped with small blue Swarovski crystals that go with the colors in the shell.
The center connector shows the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows with the words "Pray For Us" engraved on the back. The silver pewter cross is a traditional radiant style with a burst of light behind the figure of Christ, signifying His resurrection.
The arms of the cross end in 3-pointed bud shapes, reflecting the 3-fold nature of the Holy Trinity. Taken together, there are 12 buds which tell of the 12 Apostles going out from the cross to carry the Good News to the world.
Length from center-back to end of crucifix: 60cm / 23.5 inches;
Crucifix: 4cm / 1.6 inches tall.
This is a full-size rosary which is lightweight and smooth in the hands. It comes in a handmade (by me) lined cotton pouch to keep it in and will be attractively wrapped.