Juan Diego went back later and saw the lady again. He told her that the bishop wanted proof, and she instructed Juan Diego to go to the mountain top, where he found Castillian roses, which were native to Bishop Juan de Zumarraga's hometown and could not possibly bloom during wintertime. Juan Diego cut the roses, placed them in his apron-like tilma and returned to the bishop; an imprint of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the tilma from the residue of the soil and roses.
Today, the icon is displayed in the nearby Basilica of Guadalupe, now one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world. The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image, with the titles "Queen of Mexico", "Empress of the Americas", and "Patroness of the Americas".Both Miguel Hidalgo (in the Mexican War of Independence) and Emiliano Zapata (during the Mexican Revolution) carried flags bearing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Guadalupe Victoria, the first Mexican president, changed his name in honor of the icon.
**I used a Iron Stone Carved Pendant of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Black Raw Tourmaline Beads, and Herkimer Diamonds. 16" in length and the pendant is 2".
About these Stones:
Folklore says Ironstone stabilizes emotions by deflecting negative energy. It is said to bring peace, inner joy and attract positive types of love.
Healing lore: Ironstone helps heal disorders of the circulatory system and internal organs.
Black Tourmaline or Schorl, is considered one of the most potent of all gemstones in that it works as a Healing gemstone as well as a cleansing gemstone.
Black Tourmaline is considered one of the most potent gemstones for dispelling negativity and depression while at the same time providing powerful protection. Thought to help those full of feelings of doom and fear. Wearing Black Tourmaline (Schorl) Jewelry is also said to repel negative energy, so thought helpful to persons in the sphere of/or being victimized by a person with strong negative energy.
Herkimer diamonds are the stuff of legend. They played an important role during World War II as they were favored the manufacture of military radio telephone sets. It's said they were once illegal to possess because they couldn't be distinguished from real diamonds. They actually have a hardness just short of a real diamond. They are mined recreationally in Herkimer, New York, and the activity is billed as family fun.
I am not a Gemologist or a Lapidary. Gemstones were identified at the time of purchase by the supplier. Any errors, discrepancies, or omissions are not intentional. All gemstone meanings, metaphysical properties and associated verbiage are not claims of fact but have been gathered from writing, books, folklore and various sources