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WORLD'S FINEST ROSARY

How, you may ask, is it that I claim to make one of the world's finest rosaries? First let me offer some perspective.

Typical Business Formula

In a world that has been homogenized into a global market and reduced to the fiercest competitors, almost all products created utilize this formula:

Very sadly, it is usually all about the bottom line and nothing else. The problem with this equation is that more often than not it does not make for a good product or a happy employee and more important it does not make for a satisfied customer. Often the product has a short life span and the business that sold it to you hopes you come back when it breaks or wears out. That is the game of planned obsolecense.

My Business Formula

The formula that I use for my business endeavors is simply the opposite of the one above:So how does that translate into making the World's Finest Rosary?

Watch This Video

For starters, you might watch this video I made a few years ago. It pretty much sums it all up.

Findings & Parts

A Comparison

The most unique difference between the rosaries that I make and other high quality rosaries on the market is that I fabricate the chain from sterling wire (see FIGURE 1). I have not been able to find another rosary maker that uses this method for making chain.

Along with the chain I craft locked bows (see FIGURE 2) and eyelets from the same wire stock.

Many rosary makers utilize the same basic parts from a few suppliers. Typical parts that are used in almost all rosary making are jump rings and machine made chain. (see FIGURE 3)

Although a die stamp crucifix and center can be of good quality, most of the parts made today are very thin (usually to save on the cost of silver) and can bend or break. I prefer to use hand cast parts which exhibit three dimensions making it beautiful to view from all angles and are very durable (see FIGURE 4)

FIGURE 4
The dimensions that can be seen from all angles on a hand cast part. Notice the scroll work on the sides of the crucifix. That cannot be achieved with a die stamp.

FIGURE 1
This is the hand made chain which I painstakingly craft from a roll of sterling wire. Each rosary contains 10 sections of four links each.

FIGURE 2
These are the locked bows that hold the beads to the crucifix and the center (shown). Because they are knots made out of metal, they will never come off without cutting the loops.

FIGURE 3
These are the findings of a typical rosary. Machine made chain connected to the crucifix with a jump ring. Here I demonstrate how easy it is to pull apart this type of rosary.

 

Beads

Beads can be made of many materials such as glass, clay, fiber glass and more, but the usual types I use are: Wood, Gemstone, Bone, Sterling Silver and 14K Gold.

 
Grade of Beads Determines Grade of Rosary

Beads can be of various grade (quality). Some things that can affect the grade are color, defects and mineral balance. Higher grades of certain gemstones come from a particular area of the world such as Afghanistan Lapis Lazuli. I only use Grade A and higher in the production of my rosaries.

The grade of a strand of beads dictates the price of a rosary. To make it easier for you I have grouped similar graded beads into four basic categories of rosaries. They are: Basic, Mid-Grade, Upper-Grade and Premium Grade (ie., sterling silver, 14K Gold, or some other rare gems such as diamonds or pearls. )

 
Size of Beads Determines Size (length) of Rosary

Rosaries come in various sizes which are dictated by the size of the beads chosen for a particular piece. Typical bead sizes are 6mm (resulting in a rosary 16 inches in length), 8mm (resulting in a rosary approximately 18" in length), and 10mm (resulting in a rosary approximately 20 inches in length), although any size bead can be chosen.

Often a rosary will use one (single) size bead, however, it is not uncommon to use mixed sizes such as a larger bead for the Pater Noster (Our Father). Sometimes they can even be decorative such as pumpkin carved.

Engraved Wooden Rosary Box

Because these rosaries are of the highest quality and should last generations, I also make solid wood boxes that should also last the same, are a beautiful way to store your fine rosary and to display it in a prominent place. Each box is engraved with the monogram of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is lined with 100% wool felt.

Gluing lid guides into the box

Engraved monogram on lid of box

Free Shipping & Handling

All rosaries are shipped to you free of charge to anywhere in the United States.

 
Lifetime Warranty

These rosaries are guaranteed to be free of defect and should never break if cared for properly. If your rosary should ever come apart or a bead should split or crack, labor will be provided to repair your rosary. You simply pay for Shipping.

 

 

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