This petite and pristine beauty is a wonderful example of the Art Deco aesthetic. The clear glass beads are crisply faceted to reflect the light and are a lovely shade of pale amethyst with a bright white core. In superb condition, they are mounted on gold pins that add to the lighthearted feel of this vintage Catholic rosary.
At the center is a serene profile of Mary, draped in a simple headscarf within a layered, geometric cuff. In contrast, the ornately detailed crucifix is bold and powerful with a molded corpus set flush on the cross. Both pieces are marked "France" on the bail with a prominent square hallmark on the verso. Additional marks are on the crucifix bail as well.
Although I will conservatively say this rosary is "gilded," I believe it is gold filled based on some minor wear on the back of the medal and the side view of the components. It cleaned and buffed quickly and beautifully, and the simple link chain is bright and glowing without looking "fake."
This lovely religious devotional is perfectly sized for a young lady or for carrying in your purse. It is in excellent vintage condition and is sure to be a special and favorite rosary. Comes boxed and ready for gift-giving.
Weight – 17 grams
Length – 16-1/2 inches total; 5-1/8 inch drop
Beads – Average 5 x 6.7 mm
Crucifix – 1-1/4 x 7/8 inches
Medal – 1/2 x 3/8 inches
Snug, but may be suitable for wearing
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