NZ Paua Shell Rosary, Blessed Mother Center Handmade in New Zealand
Paua shell rosaries are a unique design for traditional Catholic prayer beads, and this beautiful rosary has been made by me, Deborah, right here in New Zealand where the shell is found. Paua is only found in the cold southern waters of our Pacific country.
The Hail Mary beads are flat coin-shaped, each 10mm across. For the Our Father prayer beads I've chosen 12mm diamonds finished with tiny end caps and wee aqua Swarovski crystals. All the beads are double-sided and linked into the rosary with silver rosary wire, which means the rosary flows smoothly in your hands.
The center medal is a color image of the Blessed Mother Mary with the words "Pray For Us" engraved on the back. The crucifix has arms ending in a 3-pointed lily design which symbolizes the Holy Trinity, and the 12 points in total represent the 12 Apostles who went out from the Cross to carry the Good News to the world.
Length when hanging: 61cm / 24 inches;
Center medal: 2.5cm / 1 inch;
Crucifix: 4cm /1.6 inches tall.
This rosary is lightweight and well-made for years of prayer. It would make a thoughtful gift, and comes in a handmade (by me) lined cotton rosary pouch to present it in.
Paua shell and greenstone (nephrite jade) are New Zealand iconic materials - follow these links to see more: