As an artist, Our Lady of Guadalupe holds a special place in my heart as for this apparition, Mary gave us the painting of herself on the tilma of St Juan Diego. It’s the only apparition in which an image was left behind and the more it’s studied, the more obvious it becomes that the image was divinely created.
Immediately when I saw these amazonite beads I thought of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The coloring – bluish green like her mantle, creamy-white like her dress, pale yellow and bright red-orange like the rays – is exactly the colors in the miraculous image.
Paired with these beads are dark redish-greenish-bluish beads to remind us of our sinful nature and our unfailing need for Mary’s intercession and of Jesus as our Savior.
Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican peasant, the last person anyone thought the Mother of God would visit, in 1531 asking for a church to be built. The Archbishop did not believe Juan’s story of the Virgin appearing to him and asked for a miraculous sign. Mary appeared to Juan again and instructed him to gather roses on a certain hill (it was mid winter and there should not have been roses) which he nonetheless found and gathered.
Upon opening his cloak to show the Archbishop the sign, the flowers revealed the image of Our Lady.
In these apparitions (there were five total) Mary said “Am I not here, I who am your mother?”, affirming that she is our mother, regardless of the number of years since Jesus’ time on earth, regardless of our country of origin, regardless if we consciously ask her to be or not.
She is our mother.
Paired with this already stunning rosary are some of the most gorgeous rosary parts I have ever seen together – the vintage style cameo Mary centerpiece and the highly detailed crucifix. The bronze and black background perfectly accent the Our Father beads while the white complements the pastel amazonite beads.
Do note that these rosary parts are much larger than normal. They work so well together because they are a similar size, but if you’re planning on keeping this rosary on your person, it might be a bit awkward. Also, I did not assemble the centerpiece, but it is distinctly two parts that have been glued together with a very strong adhesive.
At 18 inches long, with 8mm beads, this rosary is roughly the same size as your standard rosary except the centerpiece and crucifix are larger. The rosary is assembled with 49-strand steel beading wire, crimping beads, and wire protectors. While I do strength test every rosary, it is still a handmade piece and prone to human error. So, should it break, simply gather all the beads you can find and contact me and I’ll gladly repair it for you for free sans shipping and the replacement of major parts (if you loose the spacers, don’t even worry about it).
The beads are stone and have a weight to them, which I always find helps me really focus when I’m praying. They also take on the ambient temperature of the room- so in winter I usually find my rosary to be a little chilly- just another reminder that you’re praying! But they also quickly warm up from your body heat.
The beading wire stretches slightly as it is used (this is normal – it wears in like good leather boots) so you will still be able to slide the beads along as you pray.
More on the painting;
In analyzing the paint, they concluded that no animal or mineral colorings were used (and synthetics were not invented yet) and it was proven impossible to recreate to the same detail on tilmas of the same material because of how naturally rough it usually is. The fabric wasn’t treated and yet one side is coarse and the other as smooth as fine silk.
In Mary’s eyes you can see the reflection of the people who were there when the image miraculously appeared. This detailing is so small you have to use a microscope to see it and it would be almost impossible to get this detailed now, much less in the 1500s. Also, it has casually withstood decaying and fading this whole time (even when it was displayed unprotected for the first hundred years) while tilmas made with the same material disintegrate after ten years in the same environment.
So many more miraculous things happened with this image, and the image itself holds layer upon layer of meaning. Every time I go to research it more, I get blown away with how much Our Lady left us.
Features of the rosary:
Center piece: 1-1/4″x7/8″ vintage style cameo Our Lady of Guadalupe bronze center piece
Crucifix: 2-1/4″x1-1/2″ detailed bronze crucifix
Hail Mary beads: 8mm amazonite stone beads
Our Father beads: 8mm dark jasper stone beads with bronze accent beads
Spacers: bronze czech glass seed beads
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