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The exact significance of a milagro (miracle) is only known to the person who asked for the favor (and of course, the saint). They represent hope.
The image (heart, leg, person, eye, etc.) symbolizes the problem or concern of the petitioner and was hung in a Catholic church. They are not sanctioned by the church, they portray a blend of the indigenous and European beliefs which still exists today. In Mexico, milagros are made of copper, lead, silver, gold, brass, tin, pewter or bronze. Some are alloys dipped in silver or gold to look more valuable.
The Mexican Milagros we sell are vintage, estimated to be at least 50 years old, some older. Some have the original ribbon/string/pin used to attach them. None have been cleaned. They were acquired in Mexico City from a large private collection in June 2004. They had been in storage for over 20 years and were vintage when originally acquired. These are authentic, used folk art pieces. On subsequent trips we have tried to purchase more vintage milagros but have not been successful. We are now selling the last ones we have from the original purchase that we had set aside for our Mariposa Originals jewelry business.
This group has sixteen vintage sacred heart Mexican milagros. The largest one is gold tone and it also is hand engraved on the front. It is just a bit under one inch tall. All of these milagros have the original ribbons from hanging in the church. These can be displayed in a shadow box or perhaps you have a project in mind!