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Gentle Rosary

About this design:

The tourminalated quartz beads are fascinating, crystals of tourmaline in clear, or cloudy quartz. Job's tears have been used as prayer beads by many religions. The clear, grey, white colors work well with the cool-toned silver crucifix.


This rosary features sterling silver crucifix with John and Mary, a replica of a European one from around 1920, it has also replicated the wear the original had so it feels like it has been prayed for years. The center is a miraculous medal also of sterling silver, a replica from an actual center. The aves are 6mm tourminalated quartz rounds LB, the Pater beads are the Asian grain seed called Job's Tears LB, the jump rings are silver plated jump rings also LB, the wire is silver satin SoftFlex medium LB, the crimp beads are HEAVY sterling silver (wish LB carried these 2x2 mm tubes).

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Pick the crucifix or cross. Pick a medal that echos the pattern, filigree, flowers,etc, shape of the crucifix. Pick the aves (the Hail Mary beads). You will need 53 for a standard rosary. Pick the Pater Beads (the Our Father beads). You will need 6. Use coordinating seed beads between beads aves and Paters so that there is a small space to separate the beads. I used two sizes of matte silver Toho.
Step 2:
To string the crucifix, attach jump ring to top. Place crimp bead on wire, fold wire over jump ring and crimp. Trim short end of wire with flush cutters. (I cover the crimp bead with a 4/0 Toho cube bead, could use a fold over crimp cover bead) string a few seed beads. Add a Pater bead, 2 or 3 seed beads, an Ave bead, same number of seed beads, an Ave, same number of seed beads, an Ave, seed beads, a Pater bead, seed beads.
Step 3:
Attach three jump rings to medal, one on each corner. Add crimp bead to strand of beads, fold over jump ring on bottom of medal, make sure front of crucifix and front of medal both face in same direction, Crimp, cut. To hide crimp bead, open jump ring, slide loop of wire from ring. Slide a small piece of wire through loop, pull both ends of small wire through a cube bead down onto crimp bead. Remove little wire. Reattach jump ring.
Step 4:
String main loop of rosary, seed beads, 10 aves with seed beads between them, seed beads, a Pater bead, seed beads, 10 aves with seed beads between them, seed beads, a Pater bead, seed beads, 10 Aves with seed beads between them, seed beads, a Pater bead, 10 aves with seed beads between them, a Pater bead, seed beads, 10 aves with seed beads between them, seed beads, a cube bead if using, a crimp bead. String through one of the jump rings on the top of the medal. Crimp cut. Slide uncrimped in through second jump ring on top, crimp cut. Open jump ring, using small piece of wire folded in two, string a cube bead down over crimp, reattach jump ring.
Step 5:
Overall should have five sets of 10 beads with a Pater bead between them, starting and ending with the set of 10 beads or decade. Part with crucifix should be crucifix, Pater bead, three aves, Pater bead.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Beautiful rosary! I love the idea of his g the Job’s tears for pater beads.

  2. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    This is gorgeous!

  3. N Jeppesen
    N Jeppesen says:

    This is very pretty and old fashion looking. May you be blessed!

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Very pretty. Love all the neutral colors.

  5. kye
    kye says:

    Nice mix of beads that compliment the focal. I agree the necklace has an old fashioned look.

  6. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Breathtaking. Great design to use the seed beads between the Aves & Paters, and using the cubes to cover the crimps is brilliant. I’m not a fan of seeing crimps, with a few exceptions. The sterling crucifix is an amazing find, and I like the medal center you found to pair with it. I, too, lament Lima Bead’s lack of sterling findings like jump rings & your heavy 2x2mm crimps. Thankfully, I still have a pretty good stock of these from when I used to shop at other online bead and jewelry suppliers – one of which went out of business– so much for my go-to for gold- & rose-gold-filled findings! :( I imagine the price of silver may be too high & variable for LB to mess with. Perhaps they’d have to be adjusting their prices too often on sterling components. I don’t know.

  7. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    This is truly beautiful Creel !!

  8. Creel U
    Creel U says:

    Thanks for all your kind comments! The rosary went to a good home!

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    You have made a wonderful design with an outstanding choice of beads.

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