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Length: 31" (This measurement represents the length from the bottom of the crucifix to the middle of the third decade.)
Beads: Faceted turquoise agate - 8mm for the Aves and 10mm for the Pater beads.
Crucifix: 2" Indulgence Crucifix. Beautifully detailed on both the front and back. Also know as a Pardon Crucifix, one is given special indulgences by Pope Pius X for devoutly praying on, or kissing the crucifix. The reverse reads "Father Forgive Them" and "Behold This Heart Which Has So Loved Men." Made in Italy
Center: 1" Color center of Pope John Paul II in a frame of roses. The back reads "Pray For Us". Made in Italy.
Why Should You Invest In A Wire-Wrapped Rosary?
There are many beautiful rosaries being sold - some quite inexpensively - but most will not survive daily prayer for more than a few months without breaking.
With wire-wrapped construction each bead is individually wrapped and permanently joined to the next - there are no open loops to come apart. As long as the wire is 20 gauge or larger this style rosary will never break during normal prayer.
Things To Look For Before Selecting A Wire-Wrapped Rosary:
~ Each loop should be consistent in size and shape. The smaller the loop the more prone your rosary will be to kinking... although a properly wrapped rosary can be unkinked without damage to the construction by holding it by the crucifix and giving it a little shake.
~ The wire on the end of each bead should be wrapped at least twice, but no more than four times. Anything less than two wraps is not secure. More than four wraps will leave the link subject to bending which can lead to breakage.
~ The ends of each wire will have been tucked under and filed. You should be able to run your hand up and down the length of the rosary without being stung by sharp edges.
~ All connection points should be secured with either bow-tie or smaller bead links. Manufactured chain is not as strong and defeats the purpose of wire-wrapping.
The entire process of hand wrapping a rosary done properly takes five to six hours. The labor involved is what makes it more costly than a manufactured rosary - but this is most certainly a labor of love.
Although nothing man-made is ever truly unbreakable, I guarantee my rosaries against breakage for life. If you break it during normal prayer, I'll fix it for free ... again and again and again!
If you are looking for a beautiful, high quality rosary to last a lifetime, you will do well to invest in a hand-wrapped rosary - a treasure for today and an heirloom for the future.
**Please note that the international shipping price quoted is for Global Express mail which includes tracking and insurance coverage up to $100** *