When I began this journey into jewelry design and metalsmithing, I never in a million years thought of having an impact on someone's life. I knew people liked what I made and appreciated it, but it never dawned on me that I'd make something that would stay with a person their whole life until this project.
A few years ago I was at the Carolina Metro Exhibition for a test run of a "jewelry show" to see what it was like and how to go about setting up a table. I brought all of my wares and some tools to work on things as the days progressed - yes, I said days because I signed on for their 3-day event right before the winter holidays thinking I'd get a lot of traffic.
Needless to say the show was a financial bust, but what came out of it changed my thinking about my work forever. A woman approached my booth pushing a stroller with the cutest little girl inside and asked if I made rosaries. I had never made one before, but I knew how to do it and would get the pertinent details about the meaning of a rosary from my Religious Studies major husband.
What I didn't know was the rosary was a gift for the baby girl in the stroller for her christening that was coming up in 5 short weeks. Once I understood the rosary and why it was used in a christening, I realized this was something this baby girl would carry with her for the rest of her life.
I set to work with the intention of creating something beautiful, yet durable knowing it would be around for a very long time. So, with a few simple tools, a bunch of bright pink crystals and many feet of sterling silver, I set to work.
By the time I was finished, I had sore fingers and cuts everywhere, but the end result as you can see below is beautiful.
The crucifix and the center piece was purchased from a man in Florida who had made a mold of his own priest's crucifix and center piece. I thought it was fitting to have this as the building blocks for this very cherished piece. You can see all of the rich detail of the pieces and I'm so utterly humbled to have been a part of this life altering moment in time.
If you'd like to know about having a custom rosary made for your special event or for a special someone, please send me a note using the form below. I'd love to create something beautiful for you.