I am delighted to offer this glowing and gracious antique saphiret rosary that is full of energy. The gilded components are bright and beautiful and the designs are truly inspired. At the center is a dimensional, heart-shaped medal with the Christogram IHS representing the name of Jesus. It is also the emblem adopted by the Society of Jesus (Jesuit order) in the 17th century. It is ornately rendered and is surrounded by a crown of thorns.
Likewise, the crucifix bears a figural crown of thorns at the center of the 3-layer crucifix. A scrolled INRI banner and molded corpus are then set atop a polished cross in the middle layer, creating depth and power that set this crucifix apart from other designs. Both pieces and the chain are fully gilded with no signs of wear to the finish.
The slender ave beads are rice-shaped and separated by o-rings, making it supremely easy to keep your place as you pray this Catholic rosary. Typical for this shape and expected in a rosary this old are occasional nicks at the ends of the beads... certainly nothing major or that would even draw your attention. The pater beads are round and adorned with two scalloped bead caps.
Originating in Czechoslovakia in the mid-19th century, saphiret was made by mixing melted gold into sapphire-colored glass. The result is a range of colors from mocha to mauve and pinkish-brown to brick red. The ave beads are cocoa-pink and their transparency makes them feel light and uplifting. Under different types of light, the beads take on a blue glow that is the essence of saphiret’s beauty. The round pater beads are denser and therefore more opaque with a more pronounced blue glow. Hopefully their beauty comes through in the pictures, as it is notoriously difficult to photograph saphiret.
As with all fine examples of a lost art, saphiret rosaries continue to hold their value in a fluctuating market, seemingly regardless of their condition. Having purchased many saphiret rosaries from private collections, I am doing my part to get these treasures into loving hands by pricing them as competitively as possible. This outstanding devotional is seeking an appreciative new owner who will be inspired by its beauty. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 32 grams
Length – 22-1/2 inches total; 6-3/8 inch drop
Beads – Average 5 mm x 8 mm; paters are 6-1/2 mm
Crucifix – 1-5/8 x 1 inches
Medal – 1/2 inch
Suitable for wearing
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