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Rosary Necklace

About this design:

Rosary necklace made with labradorite bead chain.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

Labradorite 5mm Bead Chain, Silver Lava Rock 6mm, Headpins or wire, Rosary Center Link, Jump Rings, Cross

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Begin by making 6 separate bead links with the 6mm lava rock using headpins or wire.
  Step 2:
Cut the bead chain so you have five sections of 10 beads, and one section of 3 beads.
Step 3:
Using a jump ring, attach a lava rock link to the top and the bottom of the section of 3 labradorite beads. Next, using a jump ring, connect the cross to the bottom bead link, and the connector to the top.
  Step 4:
With a jump ring, attach the labradorite to each side of the connector. Next, attach all of the sections of labradorite together with jump rings, making sure to attach a lava rock bead link in between each section.

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Measurements: 1.4mm holes, 3.5mm thick

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  1. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    Very pretty design! Gorgeous…

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    ClovisakaLois says:

    Love this! Those new quartz point crosses are so pretty and unusual…just rather earthy and pretty at the same time! The cross and lava rocks are very complementary together…as well as the beautiful beaded chain you used!

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    Moogie says:

    I am a Catholic Christian & I just spent some time researching whether or not wearing a rosary around the neck is appropriate. It depends on your intent.
    “The rosary isn’t jewelry; it’s a sacramental, which is an object meant to help bring about spiritual effects through the prayer or devotion it inspires. (Sacramentals don’t have any sort of magic power in and of themselves; the positive graces come through the prayers.) Many people argue that if you wear a rosary around your neck, you are treating it more like a fashion accessory than a sacramental and are thus distorting its intended purpose.”
    Some people wear it to always have it available for prayer. They may not have pockets or carry a purse. They may be tired of losing their rosary. But the bottom line seems to be : Rosaries are not jewelry, should not be worn as jewelry & if worn, should be used for prayer.
    If anyone has any information to share on this topic, I would like to hear more. I am *definitely* not an expert on the catechism of the Catholic Church. But I’m learning!

  4. tomasina
    tomasina says:

    Moogie – I spent an enormous amount of time studying comparative religions, especially at TCU. You might question my conclusions, since I am now a Zen Buddhist. But I studied a lot of material so I could argue knowledgeably with a smart-mouthed young would-be seminarian (he hadn’t even heard of “Pope Joan” or the modification of the Papal chair!) and the general approach is that YES, it is absolutely the purity of the intention which counts! Jewelry, NO! Prayer, yes. So if you would “lead them not into temptation,” you’d need to be very careful for whom you make it or gift with it.

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    G Manikowski says:

    ……..then it is a rosary, but a rosary necklace.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Thank you Moogie, sharing in the same Catholic faith, I would agree with you. Your entire message is a beautiful explanation of the proper reverence for the Holy Rosary. :-)

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    Tebecca W says:

    I am wiccan and have a rosary.It is handmade and is used the same wayeE just for my wiccan beliefs.Catholics are not the only religion to use a rosary.

  8. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I have 2 crosses I wear as an expression of my Faith. One was originally given to my Mother by my Father about the time they decided to get married. He couldn’t afford to buy a diamond ring. The cross does have a tiny diamond.

    My other cross was given to me as a birthday gift when I was around 16 years old. I’d been a devout Christian for 8 years by then so it was to be worn as a symbol of my Faith.

    I love the gold version of the cross used in the rosaries. I want to add it to my Easter door wreath. Its just small with a bow of Easter colors and plastic eggs. So I want to add a cross to it so that the Easter story is not forgotten.

    My Mother was a Catholic and had a rosewood rosary. I was hoping she’d leave it to me but instead wanted to be buried with it. Of course, she should have it when she died. It was so appropriate. We were very close and I hated to say goodbye and broke down when I did. Its been 10 1/2 yrs and I miss her terribly.

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    K Rigney says:

    I’ve been making quite a few rosaries lately, both traditional and non-traditional. People of many faiths find it comforting to hold the beads while they pray, and the colors and configurations of beads can help one remember certain prayers or intentions. A helpful hint – since prayer beads take a lot of handling, I’ve found 22-gauge or even 20-gauge wire holds up better. I’ve even made rosaries strung on flex wire – I use double crimp beads at the ends to make sure they are secure.

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