OLD STORE STOCK! Vintage 14K Gold Religious Medal - Saint Jude
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OLD STORE STOCK! What does this mean? Well, to a person who sells jewelry, it’s like finding a Holy Grail – store stock that was stored for so long that it was never offered to the public. This means, in some instances, that the original card, wrapping, packaging is present as well as the original sales price. I got lucky recently and came into such a collection of old store stock that listings beginning with this blurb have not seen the light of day in 50 – 60 – 70 years. First come, first served. May I offer now……
AGE: C.1950 or so
ITEM: Saint Jude - Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes. Here's a religious medal of the Blessed Saint still on its original card and still having its original cellophane. Never been sold - never been worn! While the front of the medal is matte gold with almost a chisel like appearance to the piece, the back is plain, shiny metal - made to engrave a sentiment on the back. A perfect size for lady or gent.
CONDITION: Pristine! This medal/pendant is “First Strike” meaning the design is so clean, so crisp, you can discern all the details of the figures. Medals of the modern era are usually restrikes, actually more like restrikes of restrikes so that all the fine details of the figures can no longer be seen.
METAL CONTENT: 10K Gold
HALLMARKS: 10K at the back
SIZE: 1" high/wide not including the bale or jump ring
WEIGHT: A nice 4.8 grams.
SAINT JUDE: Jude, also known as Judas Thaddaeus, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. Saint Jude's attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles. Another common attribute is Jude holding an image of Jesus Christ, in the Image of Edessa (such as this medal I offer now). Tradition holds that Saint Jude preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Libya. In all probability he spoke both Greek and Aramaic, like almost all of his contemporaries in that area, and was a farmer by trade. According to tradition, Saint Jude suffered martyrdom about 65 AD in Beirut, in the Roman province of Syria, together with the apostle Simon the Zealot, with whom he is usually connected. The axe that he is often shown holding in pictures symbolizes the way in which he was killed. Sometime after his death, Saint Jude's body was brought from Beirut to Rome and placed in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica which was visited by many devotees. Now his bones are in the left transept of St. Peter's Basilica under the main altar of St. Joseph in one tomb with the remains of the apostle Simon the Zealot.
Among some Roman Catholics, Saint Jude is venerated as the "patron saint of lost causes". This practice stems from the belief that few Christians invoked him for misplaced fear of praying to Christ's betrayer, Judas Iscariot, because of their similar names. The ignored Jude thus became quite eager to assist anyone who sought his help, to the point of intervening in the most dire of circumstances. The Church also wanted to encourage veneration of this "forgotten" disciple, and maintained that Saint Jude would intervene in any lost cause to prove his sanctity and zeal for Christ.
FINAL COMMENTS: In case you think 10K doesn't look like 14K - compare all my pieces. Can you really spot a difference? Also, 10K will wear a lot better than 14K as it is a harder bit of gold. I only have one and with the holidays fast approaching and my knowing that my religious inventory gets depleted, don’t delay in grabbing this item sooner rather than later.
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