This rosary was conceived, so to speak, after I came across this special cross at a church in a small village here in Italy. After doing some research, I tracked down the Italian manufacturer of these crosses and bought a few to work with and sell to others.
The rosary itself consists of a total of 54 beads (including the sterling silver filigree clasp, that is used more as a bead in this design, though it functions as a clasp as well,) individually linked and wire-wrapped by hand on sterling silver wire. The glass beads are a combination of Czech “rose-bud” beads, (perfect for a “rosary”), and handmade lampwork beads, made by Bijou Arte’s own glass artist Tim James. The connector centerpiece depicting the “Royal Family” if you will, was hand-painted by myself, and the heart above the cross is sterling silver and marcasite. When the decorative clasp is closed, the rosary is over 2 ft. long from clasp to the end of the cross. As many of you can imagine, this took several hours to make, and was a real “labor of love” It is meant to be both worn and/or used in prayer and meditation.