Beautiful antique wax rosary created as an act of pure devotion. The beads are meant to wear with time and touch, offering up an angel’s share of themselves to strengthen each prayer.
The crucifix is cast in a single piece of lovely sculpture finished with delicate scroll work. Each silver bead is crafted with magnificent care, presenting repousse panels above and below the center “equator” of the bead. The panels feature a cross, a chalice, a book of scripture and a symbol of the Good Shepherd. The centerpiece is unlike any I’ve seen, with a radiant lamb on one side and the face of Christ on the other, completing the image of the Lamb of God. The loop includes five decades of wax prayer beads, each in various stages of devotion (wear). One bead has given itself entirely to the process, but the original link is still in place. I like the poetry of it as it is, but the empty link could easily be filled by a single pearl or any other stone with meaning for you.
The beads, chain and crucifix are all silver, though in modern classification we would call them “coin silver” rather than sterling. The silver content is between .800 and .850 throughout. The loop measures 22 inches total creating an 11 inch drop worn or hung. The pendant from centerpiece to the top of the crucifix is 3.5 inches, and the crucifix itself is 1.5 inches long.
This is where I normally say that our pieces are polished by hand… Any attempt to polish the silver on this antique wax rosary would run the risk of patina being transferred to the wax beads, so it is left in it’s original state of antique patina. The portions where the silver shines have been polished by time, touch and devotion.
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