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Compliments: Amethyst Rosary

Amethyst Rosary

Amethyst Rosary

We all like positive compliments and it is especially nice to receive one about something I made.  I received this compliment on a rosary: “Loved it, very beautiful. Makes a great birthday gift.”  Sometimes, I am struggling to learn something new, or have miscounted the beads or the wire breaks (which is not supposed to happen), or glue my fingers and I forget that in the end I hopefully have made something that is beautiful and will make someone happy. I love making things, and get totally immersed in it.  The world outside does not exist, it is just me, the beads, the pattern, the light. It is like saying a prayer. It takes me to the height of happiness.  Please visit LuckySammyJewelry to see some of the items which have given me great joy.



vaughnOk, sometimes you just want to brag. Although my blog is named after my cats, I have no cat videos. So here is a picture of my grandson, Vaughn. He will be baptized in the Chicago in the beginning of February. Yes, we live in Arizona and do not have Winter clothes. We will go however.  One thing we will give him is one of the rosaries we have for sale on Here is a rosary that will last him throughout his life. As you know, most rosaries sold are inexpensive and will not last long. I try to make mine to last.CzechGlassBeads

First Communion or Mothers Day Rosary


Many First Communion’s occur on Mother’s day. If you are still looking for a gift to give to someone consider a rosary.  The rosaries I make will last a life time.  If you are not Catholic, and want a history of the rosary, I would suggest this wikipedia article.  Rosaries are great gifts to give a Catholic on their birthday, or First Communion.  These rosaries are not “blessed”.  So if you give these as a gift, it would be appropriate to mention that they are not blessed.

For the Catholic who has everything, and who probably has a rosary, consider a rosary bracelet. Most Catholics do not have these economical items. They can be found at my shop here.

For a really unique Christian gift, consider this necklace that has a pendant watch with the picture of Jesus.  For people with a devotion to the Virgin Mary this necklace with a timepiece cover of the Virgin Mary may be appropriate.

Typically, a rosary is “blessed” by a priest.  So why do Catholics get a rosary “blessed”?  A quick answer is: sometimes a holy man (priest) will give you a blessing,  which is  a prayer to God for you. If a rosary is “blessed”, and you say the rosary, you get the “blessing”  each time you say the rosary. It is as if the priest was giving you a blessing each time you use the rosary. If you think about it, “blessings” are fairly common. Prayers before meals, the beginnings of sessions of congress, and many civic gatherings often begin with a blessing from a priest, minister, rabbi, etc.  These are blessings asking God to help.  Many religions use prayer beads, among them are Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.  To view all the rosaries i have for sale go here.

The following is a description of one of the rosaries available at LuckySammy.Etsy.Com and the rosary pictured at the beginning of this article.

Lovely faceted baby blue glass beads combine with a crucifix and center cast in Italy to make this beautiful rosary. The center has an image of the Holy Family on the front and the Holy Spirit Dove along with images of clouds and fire on the back. This Dominican rosary has five decades, is 42 inches long and weighs approximately 2¾ ounces. As you view each image, double click on it when it is in the main viewing window. You will be amazed at the detail.

Friendship Rosary

Rosary with Small Beads

A Christmas Gift from an Uncle to his Niece

I was recently talking to a friend. He wanted to buy his niece a rosary for Christmas.  He wanted a rosary with magical small beads.  On my way home, I thought, I can make that for him. So I stayed up all night working on a rosary with small beads. I have made a lot of rosaries, but I have never made one with small beads. The small beads were a lot harder to work with then I had imagined. To me, working on a art piece or jewelry item is like Michelangelo working on the Pieta. There is beauty within, I must bring it forward.  When I  start working, I am in my loft, and the world around me stands still.  I believe the rosary I have created in this instance shows the love of a uncle for his young niece.
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Heart Millefiori Bead Rosary Bracelet

Rosary Bracelet made from heart shaped millefiore beads

Heart Millefiori Bead Rosary Bracelet

Rosary bracelets are not common. A rosary is not a talisman, rather it is an aid to meditation. By tradition, there are three sets of mysteries (joyful, sorrowful, glorious). For a reference on rosaries may I suggest wikipedia.
A rosary bracelet consists of 10 beads ( one decade); a cross (crucifix), and a medal. Think of it as a condensed version of the rosary.  Since it can be worn on the wrist, it is sometimes used to show devotion.  It can be given as a “first communion” or confirmation gift. Although not a chaplet or pocket rosary, they may be kept in a purse or pocket.

Please visit LuckySammy.Etsy.Com for a selection of rosary bracelets.

The rosary bracelet shown consists of  wonderful heart shaped millefiori beads. This bracelet has a magnetic clasp that makes it easy to wear. It is 8 1/4 inches long and weighs approximately 3/8 ounce. “Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware.” (source wikipedia)