1950s Classic Gloria Sterling & Rock Crystal Rosary – Excellent Condition & Patina – 44 Grams

Among collectors and devotees of fine rosaries, natural rock or quartz crystal is especially prized for its reflective qualities and substantial feel in your hands. This elegant Gloria brand rosary is a perfect example with its pear-shaped beads and icy sparkle.

Crisply faceted, the beads are in excellent vintage condition with only minor fleabites appropriate to age and devotional use. Each bead is mounted on a sterling eye pin with protective o-rings at both ends. Beads are also fully interlocked adding grace to the styling and ample spacing between beads during prayer. Beautiful filigree spacer links surround each pater for added elegance. The dark patina of the sterling beautifully contrasts the sparkling beads.

The lovely center medal is nicely detailed and deeply cast. I love the Art Deco style cuff around Jesus and His Sacred Heart with its bold lines, shiny luster cuts and raised image. On the verso is a poignant rendering of the praying Madonna, her head bent reverently and graceful arms raised to her cheek.

The 2-layer crucifix has wonderful flared tips with dramatic scrolls that resemble a fleur de lis. The molded corpus shows loving signs of devotional wear, and the entire piece has a golden patina that could easily be restored to silver, should you so choose. Both the medal and crucifix are marked “Sterling Gloria.”

This superb religious devotional is in excellent vintage condition and is ready to inspire and dazzle you with its beauty. Not too long or heavy, it is perfect for daily prayer. It would also make a well-received gift for someone desiring a fine quality rosary and the energy and sparkle of quartz crystal.

Weight – 44 grams

Length – 22½ inches total; 7-1/8 inch drop

Beads – 7mm round

Crucifix – 1-7/8 x 1¼ inches

Medal – ¾ x 5/8 inches

Item ID: ROS2205

$175 USD

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