This Victorian Rose Petal necklace is a very beautiful example of mourning jewelry. The striking rose flower molded beads in groups of 3 is something that gives it that extra refinement, making it instead of good or better this one is one of the best of this type of necklace I have ever seen. 32" long. It will tickle your senses as it still has the beautiful scent of roses after all these years that wafts up to your nose as you wear it.
The history behind a piece like this is worth knowing as people will be asking you about this unusual necklace when you wear it. The attention it will attract will allow you to share the charming story of Rose Petal mourning jewelry.
To make this type of bead Rose Petals were cooked for several days in a cast iron pot which gave the beads their black color. When they reached the desired clay like consistency they were mashed and hand molded into the desired size. After several days of drying they were pierced and strung.
The origin of Rose Petal Beads can be traced to ancient India where strings of them were used by the devout as a counting device while reciting their prayers. Rose Beads were adopted by Eastern Christian Monks in the third century. Many old rosaries were made from Rose Beads. The term "rosary" was coined in the fifteenth century based on the Latin word rosarium for "rose garden". The Middle English word for prayer is bede.
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