Memento Mori – rosary, bracelet

(4 customer reviews)


Remember you will die. That’s the translation of this traditional catholic phrase used since ancient times. Mesmerizing rosary made from red creek jasper, a beautiful undyed natural stone that brings you right back to earth, and skull beads.


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NEW BRACELET CLASP – lobster claw and adjustable chain. Read more below.


In the unlikely event that this rosary should break, simply gather all the beads you can find and email me. You only pay for shipping and the replacement of missing parts; major beads and the medals.


Remember you will die.

It’s recorded that some Saints would have a human skull on their desks to remind themselves of their Earthly death, and as a reminder that any moment could be their last: so do not waste the day and prepare yourself to meet the Lord.

Memento Mori is also a reminder that when we are followers of Christ we must die to ourselves. We must live for others as Christ lived for us.

But it is a joyful reminder – it’s not all doom and gloom because at the end of our days, if we have lived fully for Christ in accordance with His Church, we will get to Heaven – and only joy and laughter will be our lot.

So remember you will die. And pray often for the grace of a holy death.

In this rosary, the Hail Mary beads are an earthy brown mixed with spots of rust red, maize yellow, sage green, and sand brown as a reminder that we were formed from earth and we will return to the earth – you are dust and to dust you shall return as we say every Ash Wednesday.

The center piece is the St. Benedict medal. Besides being a symbol of protection against demons and temptation, St. Benedict is also the patron of a happy death.

Around the outside of the front (the side with St. Benedict who is holding a cross and his Rule for monastic life which he wrote) it says in Latin, “Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur!” which means “May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death!”

On the reverse it has the initials of the Latin exorcism inscribed around the outside – “Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself”, and in the arms of the cross, the initials stands for “May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!” also in Latin.

Taken all together, it’s the perfect centerpiece for a Memento Mori rosary.

The crucifix is a scrolling, highly detailed Gothic style copper crucifix that accents the Benedict medal perfectly and adds an air of ancient mystique.


At 17 inches long, with 8mm beads, this rosary is roughly the same size as your standard rosary, but the cross is rather larger than normal. The rosary is assembled with 49-strand steel beading wire, crimping beads, and wire protectors, so it is super strong.

Because this rosary is made with stone beads, it has a weight to it and retains ambient cooler room temperate, which is really awesome to feel when you’re praying; it always made me focus more on what I was saying. And then as you pray the stones warm up from your body heat.

Please remember that all things can break with excessive use. Under normal, conscientious use, this rosary will last a very long time, but, for instance, if you keep this rosary in a tight pocket every day, all day and get it crushed under you or against something, the small glass spacers can break and the steel wire will be under strain and can stretch and even break.

These repairs can be made, and I would be delighted to do so, but as time goes on, I might not have extra beads or I might be gone. So do be gentle and take good care of your rosary.


Features of the rosary:

Center piece: 3/4″x3/4″ pewter copper tone Benedictine Medal

Crucifix: 2-3/8″x1-3/8″ large copper tone Crucifix

Hail Mary beads: 8mm matte red creek jasper stone beads

Our Father beads: 9mm magnesite carved skulls

Spacers: 3mm round copper beads and black czech glass seed



Lobster clasp and chain make the new bracelets far more adjustable than the old designs. Two sizes are available: Small and Medium/Large. The only difference is the length of the chain. Small goes from 7″ to 7.5″, Med/Large goes from 7″ to about 8.5″.

If the size is too big, you can easily use two pliers and remove any excess chain and make it exactly customized to your wrist.


— Have a particular devotion, size, color, or style of rosary that you are looking for? Send me a message at and I’d be happy to make a custom rosary just for you. —

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 7 × 5 × 1 in

Med/Large bracelet, Small bracelet, five decade rosary

4 reviews for Memento Mori – rosary, bracelet

  1. Matt

    This is an extremely nice rosary! All of the components look great and it is all put together very well. I have no doubt this will get quite a bit of use, and serve me well for years to come

  2. Chris Robertson

    I received this rosary as a gift and love it! It has a nice weight and feel, and is so unique; it looks even better than in the pictures. The construction is solid and very well put together. I’ll be using this rosary for years – my weapon of choice as a prayer warrior.

  3. Lucas

    I recieved my rosary two days ago and am still blown away by the quality. The craftmanship is beautiful, and I love that it has a noticeable weight to it.

  4. Caleb Dessauer

    The quality this woman puts into.her art is immaculate (pun entirely intended)! The perfect rosary for Lent, but I use it throughout the year too. The only memento mori rosary I’ve seen that uses skulls for the Our Father beads. I like the weight of it, and the steel wire she uses for the core is nice and sturdy. Perfect for people who have small children who try their darndest to apart when they get their hands on it. If I ever have the pleasure of.buying a rosary as a gift for someone, you can be sure I’m coming here first!

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For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

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