Elegant and utterly fascinating, this wonderful antique Catholic rosary pairs lacy, gold vermeil components with nicely faceted tiger eye beads. The center medal is an inverted Marian monogram with flourishes of acanthus leaves. The feminine 2-layer crucifix echoes this design with fleurs-de-lis in the arms of the cross and a scrolling motif on the front and back. Both components have a French boar hallmark, confirming their fine silver base. Although there is some devotional wear to the vermeil, they retain enough of a glow to harmonize nicely with the gorgeous beads.
Tiger's eye is a form of chalcedony quartz gemstone with whose beauty is defined by its "chatoyancy." Basically this means the fibrous structure of the stone creates parallel lines that reflect a luminous interplay of color and light. Chatoyant gemstones are typically cut as cabochons to display this effect, but I assure you the wide facets on these beads are quite successful in flashing wonderful shades of gold, yellow, brown and black.
There is no comparison between the antique, high quality gemstones used on this rosary and the contemporary tiger's eye beads that are available today. While the facets and larger paters will engage your fingers during prayer, the organic variations and silky look of the beads will lift you with their beauty. An additional link is present between each ave bead, enhancing your prayer experience and helping each bead stand out on its own.
This superb religious treasure is ideal for a collection, an heirloom-quality gift or active prayer. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 28 grams
Length – 19-1/2 inches total; 5-1/2 inch drop
Beads – Average 6-1/4 x 6-3/4 mm; paters 8mm
Crucifix – 1-1/2 x 7/8+ inches
Medal – 1/2 inches
Suitable for wearing
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